Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Hopes Riding on Rally; Early Childhood Workers to Walk off the Job in Bid for Wages Hike

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Hopes Riding on Rally; Early Childhood Workers to Walk off the Job in Bid for Wages Hike

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Byline: Julia Bartrim julia.bartrim@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FOR the first time, Gladstone's early childhood educators affiliated with the United Voice union will walk off the job in a bid to secure higher wages.

United Voice has organised an Australia-wide walk-off and rally as part of the Big Steps Campaign on Tuesday.

According to United Voice, early childhood educators are paid only half the average national wage.

Two of Gladstone's early childcare educators, who asked not to be named, said it was all about equal pay and equal rights.

"(We want people) to realise we actually do a good job and we are probably worth a little bit more than what we do get paid," one worker said.

She said the rally was aimed at convincing the Federal Government to fund a wage increase in the sector rather than at parents to wear higher fees.

When asked what a difference extra pay would make to her, one worker said it would mean she could actually save money instead of it all just coming in and going out. …

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