Tuesday, 27 March 2018
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) on 27 March 2018, early childhood educators all across Australia will walk off the job, demanding the Government value their work and fund fair pay,
(ii) early childhood educators provide a vital service in the development of young minds, and
(iii) qualified early childhood educators can earn as little as $21 per hour, which is half the average wage;
(b) recognises early childhood educators are not being paid a wage commensurate with the value of their social contribution; and
(c) commends early childhood union, United Voice, for their leadership on this campaign, and encourages all childcare educators to participate in standing strong for fair pay.
The government respects the work of early childhood educators. Educator wages are entirely a matter for the independent Fair Work Commission. Unions had their case heard and dismissed by the Fair Work Commission under laws written by the previous Labor government. Early learning and childcare centres should value their employees. Indeed, many already pay above the award. The role of government is to help families access affordable early education and care. That is why the coalition government is investing an extra $2.5 billion to deliver more support for more Australians, benefiting around one million families.