The Big Steps in early childhood education campaign received a major boost last night in Townsville when Julia Gillard told local educators that she is working on a plan to tackle the sectors wages crisis.
While signing the petition, Julia Gillard also wrote a note which says ‘I'm working with Kate Ellis to improve Childcare including for our precious Childcare workers'.
It comes following the launch of United Voice, the early childhood education union’s major advertising campaign which will be broadcast state wide in the coming weeks.
United Voice Queensland Secretary Gary Bullock says “This is absolutely terrific news and really shows that all our hard work is finally paying off.”
“We’ve launched a major advertising blitz in Townsville which will be rolled out state-wide to drum up even more support for this important campaign.”
“We knew the wages crisis in childcare was on the Government agenda but this latest message directly from the Prime Minister proves that she is actively working on a solution.”
“At the end of the day this issue is too big to ignore, highly trained and skilled educators cannot survive on poverty wages of just over $18 an hour-that’s why we set up the Big Steps campaign.”
“We’ve already got over 7,000 signatures on our childcare petition calling on the Prime Minister to make sure educators get a professional wage and now Julia Gillard has added her name to the list.”
“We need to keep the pressure on to make sure the Government follow through on this promise to improve the quality of care our children receive by making sure educators get a decent wage.”