Rockhampton 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 Michelle Landry and voters in her Capricornia electorate.
Their union, United Voice, will also launch 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 last week.
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 will be out everywhere, hitting the streets, targeting Michelle Landry, talking to voters in Capricornia and campaigning to win professional pay.
“Ms Landry has sent us the message that she doesn’t value us as early childhood educators.
“But what that really means is that she 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 Michelle Landry and the Federal Government to fund equal pay, or our educators will step up their action to elect a government that will.”