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Home > News > 2018 > July > It's time for all early childhood teachers to receive equal pay

It's time for all early childhood teachers to receive equal pay

Topics : Early ChildhoodEquity

teachers_are_teachers.jpgThe IEU NSW/ACT branch is currently pursuing a landmark equal pay case before the Fair Work Commission, which is aiming to ensure all early childhood teachers receive equal pay for work of equal value.

Our union stands in solidarity with the NSW/ACT branch in this fight.

A message to IEU NSW/ACT members

As members of the IEU in Queensland and the Northern Territory, we stand in solidarity with you as you pursue this landmark equal pay case for early childhood teachers.

It’s critical that early childhood teachers are recognised and respected for the work they do in providing quality education at the start of our students’ learning journey.

Given the female dominated nature of the early childhood teaching workforce, a fundamental part of this respect and recognition must come from the provision of equal pay.

It’s time to change the rules: It’s time for equal pay for early childhood teachers!

We stand together with you in this fight.

It’s time for all early childhood teachers to receive equal pay

Our union’s early childhood educator members have long fought for recognition of their professionalism and the value of their work.

The equal pay case coordinated by the IEU NSW/ACT branch is seeking to ensure all early childhood teachers, nationally, receive wages in line with those of primary school teachers.

In contrast to the situation faced by many early childhood teachers in other states and territories, wages in Queensland have generally remained comparable to those of teachers in primary schools.

These enhanced wages have been secured through collective agreements negotiated by Queensland IEU members. Our union has negotiated approximately 400 collective agreements in the Queensland kindergarten sector alone.

Our union supports the IEU NSW/ACT branch in its fight to ensure all early childhood educators are properly recognised and remunerated for the value of the vital work they perform in educating our next generation.

The landmark equal pay case, if successful, will significantly enhance wages for early childhood teachers across Australia who are covered by the Modern Award. 

This would include a minority of Queensland kindergarten teachers who are not covered by a collective agreement negotiated by our union.

Our union believes teachers are teachers and that all employers must respect their professionalism by providing equal pay for work of equal value.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.