Centres will start to close from lunchtime on Wednesday so educators can attend political rallies around Australia, to send a message to the government that time is up on the sector’s gender pay gap. It is unprecedented action and the fourth walk off in 18 months – all spurred by the sector’s wage crisis.
This Father’s Day new polling figures* show the overwhelming support from Australian dads for early educators for equal pay to be funded by the government:
-PAY RATES: 81.3% of Australian fathers polled this week agree and strongly agree that educators should be paid more than $22 an hour for the responsibility of educating Australia’s youngest children in the crucial early years.
-GOVERNMENT SHOULD FUND A PAY RISE: 74.2% agree and strongly agree that the government should fund a pay rise for early childhood educators in recognition of the high quality early learning educators deliver.
-QUALITY: 89.1% of dads polled agree and strongly agree that high quality education in childcare and preschool in the early years is critical to child development.
Helen Gibbons, Assistant National Secretary, United Voice, the early childhood union says, “Educators around Australia will take unprecedented action this Wednesday and walk off for the fourth time in 18 months, to say time is up on this gender pay gap.
“The new poll shows just how much fathers get this. They value the vital work of early childhood educators. It’s time our government got it too. Australia’s educators must have qualifications, yet they earn as little as $22 an hour and are some of the lowest paid professionals in the country. Time is up on these appalling wages.
“This government has not changed funding for early childhood educators. So we will mobilise to change the government. We are serious about putting Scott Morrison out of office. Between now and election day there will be 100,000 educators talking to millions of Australian parents about how this government has failed educators on equal pay.”