Despite Rockhampton early childhood educators taking their message for equal pay to the streets in a 12-day high visibility blitz targeting Michelle Landry and voters in her Capricornia electorate, the MP seems more intent on picking arguments with them on social media.
The educators’ union, United Voice, have launched a series of TV and radio ads attacking Ms Landry for failing local educators by not allocating funding for equal pay in the Federal Budget.
Local educator and United Voice member Sara Dunn said it was clear Ms Landry 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 Dunn 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 have been out everywhere, hitting the streets and social media. But judging by her social media comments, Michelle Landry is shirking off her government’s responsibility to ensure early childhood educators get equitable and professional pay.
“Ms Landry has said it’s not the government that sets workers’ wages but the Fair Work Commission. But she’s clearly missing the point that the government is responsible for the inequity of our pay.”
United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said a responsible government would fix this if it valued the education of Australia’s youngest minds at the crucial early years of their lives.
“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 Michelle Landry and the Federal Government to fund equal pay, or our educators will step up their action to elect a government that will.”