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Big Steps Campaign for Professional Pay for Childcare workers

- March 15, 2017

The Infants' Home would like to thank parents for their messages of support on International Women's Day 2017, regarding the Big Steps campaign for professional pay for childcare workers.

On International Women’s Day 2017, thousands of early childhood workers participated in a stop work action at 3.20pm, reflecting the time that women in Australia effectively began working for free as a result of the gender pay gap.

In the past decade, the gender pay gap has grown in Australia. Early childhood education and care, as a female-dominated sector, encompasses some of the lowest paid professionals in Australia. Research shows that quality early childhood education is crucial in ensuring the best start to life and plays a vital role in reducing the disadvantage experienced by children living in vulnerable circumstances. Yet early childhood educators are paid less than many other professions, despite being highly qualified.

Although The Infants’ Home educators did not strike on Wednesday, they were touched to receive many messages of support from parents, who expressed their thanks for the work that the educators do and indicated that they would have fully supported them had they chosen to strike. We would like to thank parents for their appreciation and solidarity with our educators.

If you would like to continue to show your support you may contact the Treasurer (The Hon Scott Morrison MP) on 1800 870 649 and tell him that educators deserve professional pay.

You can also view the BigSteps facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/UnitedVoiceECEC and send in an IWD selfie with the hashtags #BigStepsNOW and #IWD2017.

Thank you from all of us at The Infants’ Home.

 

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