Local Educators Remain At Work, But Support Better Pay

Union seeks better government support

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Today might be the nation-wide Early Childhood education strike, but parents here are thankful most educators are staying on the job.

Most local centres do support the action though, which comes in a bid to attract a pay grade closer to their primary educator counterparts.

The Early Childhood Education Union, United Voice, Assistant National Secretary Helen Gibbons, says they're calling for a 35 percent increase in early educators pay.

"The date for government response to educators’ demand to take action on professional pay for the sector has passed, and the government once again let educators down", she said.

"The federal government funds the sector and they can fix this issue today if they have the will."

“$21 an hour, half the average wage, does not reflect the skills of this demanding, important work and the qualifications and skills required to educate our children."

Urunga's Stepping Stones Preschool, Nambucca Heads preschool, and the Port Macquarie Early Learning Centre, among those steering clear of the industrial action, but supporting changes.

27 March 2018

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