What a year we have had with our Big Steps Campaign! 2018 has seen immense growth towards a win for the campaign, which has motivated more educators to join our union and fight for what they deserve!
During the walk offs this year record numbers of educators stepped up and took a stand. The Government heard us loud and clear: we are done playing nice with professional wages. 6000 educators walked off the job in March. That grew to 7000 in September – double the amount of educators who took part in the 2017 walk offs!
I’m so proud of what we’ve done this year. You can see just some of our achievements in this video.
Educators also visited Parliament House twice to lobby politicians about our campaign and the importance of professional wages for Early Childhood educators. Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek were among the many politicians who signed our pledge to support educators fighting for a fair wage!
On top of this we officially launched the Big Steps Policy Vision [insert link] at Parliament House to key stakeholders in ECEC. This not only includes professional wages to be paid by the Government, but provisions we want for our children and their families.
Nationwide passionate educators have been taking to the streets to get the message out there and educate the community about the importance of ECEC and why educators deserve a pay rise. We have been protesting outside politician’s offices and gaining public awareness of the importance of our campaign.
Although we know the Liberal government is not listening, our opposition leaders are! This week alone - Bill Shorten has announced he is committed to solving the problem of low wages in early childhood!
So educators stand with me as we change our Government and hold a new one accountable for the promises it has made. We will continue to push our campaign and make it bigger and better so they can’t ignore us anymore!
2019 is our year to win!
Early Childhood Director
P.S. If you’re not already a part of our Big Steps Facebook group - Early Educators United - make sure to join in so you can stay up-to-date on the campaign and meet other passionate educators!