For too long, early childhood educators have been carrying out valuable work but struggling to survive on poverty wages.
The situation is so bad that many of the highly trained and skilled staff are leaving the sector for better paid jobs, currently at the rate of 180 per week.
Tomorrow (Thursday 21st June) childcare members will have their say on the major problems in the sector at a roundtable event with Government representatives in Toowoomba.
Assistant Secretary of the Queensland branch of United Voice, the early childhood education and care union, Sheila Hunter says “We have been campaigning for professional wages for educators for some time and finally the Government is listening.”
“This latest initiative comes hot on the heels of a major summit between the Prime Minister and industry stakeholders, including union representatives.”
“Following that meeting, Julia Gillard gave a commitment to tackle the wages crisis as part of a major overhaul of childcare- so we want to make sure the Government delivers on this promise.”
“Today’s meeting is crucial as it gives those directly affected a chance to have their say and tell Government representatives of the real issues affecting them on a daily basis.”
“We want the Government to understand and act on the absolute truth that a stable workforce is not possible while staff continue to receive a poverty wage - currently $18.06 per hour.”
“We have got the commitment so now we need to make sure this promise becomes a reality and educators get a professional wage.”
To arrange interviews or for further information contact Susan Butler on 0428 189130