Today we paid Parliament House a visit, donning purple ties and suit jackets.
Big Steps Walk Off March 2018
March 27 is Keep Your Children Home Day
Big Steps Walk Off September 2017
Next Stop Canberra!
Our 1st Big Steps Ambassador: Dave Hughes
A while back the comedian made some controversial comments about educators. Now he's a Big Steps ambassador - have a listen!
ALP Will Support Our Equal Pay Case
Labor has announced that if it wins government, it will make submissions in support of our case for pay equity.
We Are Worth More
The campaign to value every child and every educator is growing...
Women's Work Is Essential
Almost 50 years ago Zelda chained herself to a government building for equal pay. Now she's met with the educators who repeated her action, earlier this year. Here is what she had to say...
Chains for Equal Pay
We chained ourselves to Malcolm Turnbull's Melbourne office for professional pay.
Door Knocking for Professional Pay
Join Big Steps campaigners as they begin their day of door knocking for professional pay.
It's time to change our priorities.
Why do those who build brains earn less than those who build houses and bank account balances?
Our fight hits the big screen!
We've created this advertisement to coincide with the release of the film ‘Suffragette’ this Boxing Day. Read more about why we made it.
Show your support
Are you in for making 2016 the Year of Professional Pay? Yes!
Involvement = win
We will only win professional wages if we do something! Join United Voice and get involved in your branch, whether it is in the Hi Vis team of NSW, or in other initiatives in other states/territories.
Words from a campaign veteran
Retired librarian Betty attended a Big Steps event earlier today to support her great niece, Shannon, an educator who is continuing the fight her great aunt began. It's time for pay equity!
Big November Action in ACT
ACT Educators kick off our month of Big Steps actions by paying Parliament House a visit.
Jacqui Lambie pledges her support
Tasmanian educators Ali and Lauren met with Senator Jacqui Lambie about our campaign, Big Steps - Value Our Future. Here's what the Senator had to say after hearing from the educators.
What is the Big Steps Campaign about?
The Big Steps Campaign is the campaign of early educators who have come together as members of their early childhood union, United Workers Union. These educators are calling on the Government to fund professional pay for every educator, and they won't stop until they have won.
Everyone knows that education is the key to unlocking a child’s potential, which means that every educator has an enormous responsibility. Yet early childhood educators are some of the lowest paid professionals in the country - and it isn’t a coincidence that 97% of them are women and that their pay can be as low as $22 an hour. These wages do not reflect the value of their work or the value of the children for whom they care and educate. A responsible government would already have fixed this by funding professional pay for every educator.
I'm an educator, what can I do?
The first step you can take towards winning professional pay is joining your early childhood union, United Workers Union. As union members, you can pool your resources to power a huge, persuasive campaign. You can be a strong voice in politics, forcing politicians to create laws that benefit you and the children who you educate. You can support one another – from the back up you get in your centre, to the overwhelming support the community sees when educators hit the streets.
Click here to become a member today.
If you're already a member, the best way to get involved is by speaking to your union organiser about upcoming actions and events.
I'm a parent/carer, what can I do?
There are a number of things families can do to show their support for the campaign, as well as keep abreast of all the news. To start with, talk to your child's educators, as they will know if there any upcoming events /actions that you can attend or help them organise.
You should also join up to the Parenthood, an organisation that supports Big Steps and campaigns on early childhood issues. Also, make sure you're following the Big Steps Campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.