After six years of arduous and expensive work the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is awaiting the outcome of its landmark equal pay claim for early childhood teachers from the Fair Work Commission.
The Union has two key bases of its claim for higher pay rates.
The first is a claim for an Equal Remuneration Order, seeking higher rates of pay for teachers in early childhood services, because they are paid less than male employees who have similar skills, qualifications and responsibility.
IEU witnesses in the case included male engineers and male primary teachers as comparator groups with early childhood teachers, who are overwhelmingly female. The second is a claim that the Teachers’ Modern Award rates have been set too low and do not reflect the proper work value of any teacher, including teachers in schools.