The Big November

The Big November

We've had a big November stepping up the fight for pay equity.

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Early Childhood Educators in Melbourne, Victoria, 21st November 2015

This month was the Big November. Across Australia Big Steps actions were held in every state and territory. 

The Big November started with a song on November the 9th. 

We donned purple ties and suits, then took to the public steps at Parliament House, Capital Hill and sang for pay equity. 

On the 14th and 15th of November, NSW, SA, QLD, NT, and VIC followed.  

We celebrated our past wins, such as defending the National Quality Framework and ratios, and campaigned for the Government to value every child and every educator.   

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And on the 21st of November both WA and TAS held actions.

This weekend just gone saw the arrival of the final two events of the Big November. 

WA educators talked to hundreds of parents about the Big Steps - Value Our Future campaign at the Wiggles concert in Perth, whilst Julie Collins MP and a supportive parent, Georgia, addressed a crowd at Salamanca Place in Hobart.  

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The Big November was a time to celebrate our winning the Quality Matters campaign this year - we protected the NQF and ratios.

But it was also a call to action: supporters from the broader community stepped up and got behind Big Steps - Value Our Future. The community knows that if we want an Australia that values every child, regardless of their age, then the Government needs to value every stage of a child's education. This means taking responsibility for the pay inequity in our sector. 

Bring on 2016: the Year of Professional Pay!