GC childcare workers to walk off the job in protest against equal pay

Hundreds of childcare workers across south east Queensland, including the Gold Coast, will walk off the job today, as they fight for equal pay.

The strike, which will begin at 3.20pm, is understood to be the biggest early childhood education walk off in Australian history.

The United Voice Union said in a statement that more than 3000 educators across the country would be involved in today’s protest.


“Frustration is snowballing in the sector on low pay rates and the failure to address the issue of professional pay,” the statement reads.

“Triple the numbers of educators and centres will be involved, compared to the recent walk off on International Women’s Day in March, 2017”.

United Voice assistant national secretary Helen Gibbons said early childhood education is one of Australia’s most poorly paid professions “with educators only paid half the average wage.”

“Educators have overwhelmingly endorsed walking off the job today to win the professional pay they deserve,” Ms Gibbons said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Today we will witness a huge escalation in educators taking action. With the biggest early education walk off in Australian history, we are saying very clearly to Mr Turnbull, it’s time you valued the work of educators. It’s time you funded equal pay”.

Childcare workers will start working for free from 3.20pm.