Childcare workers to strike today

Thousands of early educators will walk off the job this afternoon, as part of a national campaign to fight for better pay.

It’ll be the fourth strike in eighteen months, with this one expected to be the largest.

An estimated 7,000 workers will take part across the country as they lobby for higher wages.


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United Voice’s Helen Gibbons said the Federal Government needs to value the work they do.

“Today in early learning centres across Australia, educators are walking off the job,” she said.

“They’re demanding that the Government fund equal pay in recognition of their qualifications and skills.

“Educators are one of the largest groups of employees in Australia, doing incredibly vital and important work, but they’re one of the lowest paid.”

According to a ReachTEL poll 70 per cent on dads across the country agree the Government should fund a pay rise for early childhood educators.

Under currently legislation child care workers need to complete 18 months of training to gain a Certificate III in early childhood education and care.

They’re typically paid around the $22 an hour mark, $3 more than the minimum wage.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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