Thousands of childcare workers around Australia will walk off the job this week to demand higher wages.
The United Voice union says Thursday’s action will be the biggest early education walk-off in Australian history, and the sector’s second walk-off this year
The union’s assistant national secretary Helen Gibbons said early childhood educators were highly educated and skilled but received “appalling” levels of pay at about $21 an hour.”It is outrageous that in 2017 female-dominated industries are still fighting to receive equal pay,” she said.
“As long as the government continues to ignore them and pass the buck on funding equal pay, from here on in they will continue to escalate their action.”
Childcare workers will walk off the job at 3.20pm on Thursday – the time they say they start working for free because of low wages.