Early Childhood Teachers Debate at Parliament House25th OCT 2012 - Daniel Long
As part of the union's 'Teachers Are Teachers' campaign to address pay parity in early childhood wages, a debate was held at NSW Parliament House.
In response to a petition signed by more than 12000 parents and teachers worried about the crisis looming in early childhood education, MPs were scheduled to debate the the issue in NSW parliament House today at 4pm.
Both employers, union representatives and teachers were expected to attend the debate.
The on-going campaign run by the union has aimed to fix the pay gap that exists between early childhood teachers and their counterparts in NSW primary schools.
On average, early childhood teachers with the same qualifications earn up to 20% less than primary teachers.
IEU General Secretary John Quessy described the pay gap as a "dangerous game of dominos" being played by the NSW Government, who have publicly argued for quality early childhood education, but have yet to ensure the funding is made avaliable to ensure quality wages in the sector.
Mr Quessy warned that time was running out for the NSW Government to address the looming pay problem, expressing concern that early childhood education would be at further risk if a practical funding solution isn't found soon.
"If early childhood teachers become a rare breed, so does a quality education for our youngest children," he said.
"It is no accident that NSW has the most expensive early childcare costs for parents. The Government cannot expect parents to pay for this shortfall and they need to step in now."
How to get involved:
Visit the campaign section of our website to get involved with the 'Teachers are Teachers' campaign