Mackay early childhood educators will be taking their message for equal pay to the streets in a high visibility blitz from today (Monday 14 May), targeting George Christensen and voters in his Dawson electorate.
Their union, United Voice, will also launch a series of TV and radio ads attacking Mr Christensen for failing local educators by not allocating funding for equal pay in the Federal Budget last week.
Local educator and United Voice member Alicia Dougan said it was clear Mr Christensen and the Liberal Turnbull Government were not listening to educators, instead favouring tax cuts for big banks and corporations.
“The Federal Budget was the government’s opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and support early childhood educators,” Ms Dougan said.
“We’re fed up with asking nicely. The time for action has well and truly passed, and we will not go away,” she said.
“Educators will be out everywhere, hitting the streets, targeting George Christensen, talking to voters in Dawson and campaigning to win professional pay.
“Mr Christensen has sent us the message that he doesn’t value us as early childhood educators.
“But what that really means is that he doesn’t value the education of Australia’s youngest minds at the crucial early years of their lives.”
United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said a responsible Government would have already fixed this.
“Educators are qualified, skilled professionals responsible for educating our future generations,” Ms Caddie said.
“Yet they currently earn just half the national average wage – as little as $21 an hour. It’s not right that in 2018 our educators should be paid so little.
“It’s time for George Christensen and the Federal Government to fund equal pay, or our educators will step up their action to elect a government that will.”
In March, Mackay early childhood educators joined more than 6,500 educators across Australia to walk off the job to demand equal pay for the sector.