Shoppers on Queen Street Mall received quite a surprise on Friday afternoon when members of United Voice organised a flash mob. A group dressed in the union’s maroon t-shirts performed a routine to the 70’s classic ‘Bus stop’, changing the words to highlight the ‘Big Steps in early childhood education and care’ campaign.
The impromptu dance caused quite the stir on the mall with many passers-by and shoppers stopping in their tracks to witness the flash mob and also read the posters outlining details of the campaign.
The campaign which aims to secure professional wages for childcare educators is going from strength to strength. The flash mob also prompted a spike in the number of signatures gathered on an online petition which will be sent to the Prime Minister highlighting the campaign. Julia Gillard has already signalled that she is looking into the possibility of allocating funds to improve the childcare sector. While the ‘Big Steps’ campaign has gone into overdrive, keeping the pressure on and making sure the 1.4 billion dollars needed to get the industry back on track is allocated by the Government.
As more and more people are getting on board with this campaign, we’ll just have to wait and see what’s coming next.