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Issue #1785      July 12, 2017

Child care workers gain

United Voice Early Childhood Education and Care members have welcomed progress in the case for equal pay. The preliminary decision handed down by the Fair Work Commission allows United Voice’s application for an equal remuneration order to proceed.

Helen Gibbons, assistant national secretary of United Voice, the early childhood union said, “While progress in the case is welcome – and long overdue, it is outrageous that in 2017 early childhood professionals are paid as little as $21 per hour and have been forced to seek legal resolution to this unfair position.

“The current process to resolve equal pay matters is far too slow, onerous, complex and expensive. Forcing educators to take a complicated legal pathway to achieve what we all know is the right outcome is infuriating.

“Early Childhood Educators need a pay increase now and a responsible government would have fixed this already.”

The union says that the issue could be resolved if the federal government had the will. And that PM Turnbull needs to understand that the issue is not going away and his government needed to take responsibility and fund professional pay for educators.

“It is outrageous that in 2017 female-dominated industries are still fighting to receive equal pay,” said Gibbons.

“Educators have been left with no choice but to escalate their campaign for equal pay and to win the professional pay they deserve.”

The recent ballot of 3,000 early childhood educators returned a 95 percent yes vote in favour of national walk-offs. These will be taking place in the coming months.

Next article – Casuals break through

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