Although the Government has signalled it is committed to solving the crisis in the early childhood education sector, it is time for this promise to become a reality.
Local educators and representatives from United Voice, the early childhood education and care union, will lobby Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan on this issue when they meet him this evening.
It comes following a recent summit between Julia Gillard and childcare sector stakeholders, where she gave a commitment to tackle the current wages crisis as part of a major overhaul of the system.
United Voice’ Queensland Secretary, Gary Bullock, says “ It’s great that we are finally on the Government’s agenda but we have to make sure the funding model they choose is linked to professional wages”.
“We want the Deputy Prime Minister to give us assurances that his Government will standby this promise and ensure real action is taken on the issue.”
“The Government needs to understand that while affordability is critical for families so too is quality and continuity of care - which can only be achieved by solving the wages crisis and stopping the mass exodus of workers.”
“We cannot continue to see 180 educators leave the sector a week because of poverty wages of just $18.06 an hour - we need a guarantee that wages will be addressed as a matter of urgency.”
“We’ve estimated that $1.4 billion is needed to get the sector back on track - and we are calling on the Treasurer, a local Brisbane representative, to speak up for educators and ensure his Government delivers.”
For further information or to arrange an interview with educators/parents ahead of the meeting contact Susan Butler on 0428 189130