MEDIA RELEASE: Educators chain themselves to gov't building

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Sydney EQUAL PAY protest: childcare educators 
chain themselves to Government building

Protesting early childhood educators this morning chained and padlocked themselves outside the Sydney office of Treasurer Scott Morrison demanding the Government support their application for professional pay.

The women, who represent Australia’s 80,000 long day care educators, are calling on Scott Morrison to do the right thing and fund professional pay for educators.

The increasingly frustrated educators have decided to take their case directly to the Treasurer because repeated conventional requests to the Government to do the right thing seem so far to have fallen on deaf ears.

Educators are bitterly disappointed by the Government’s refusal to take a constructive role in their Fair Work Commission equal pay case. They are members of United Voice, the early childhood union.

Ninety-seven per cent of educators working in long day care are women, making it one of the most highly feminised workforces in the country. It is one of Australia’s most poorly paid professions, with many educators earning as little as $20 per hour.