Are you worth the same as a scientist?
The IEUA is pushing through a ground breaking case at the Fair Work Commission, arguing that early childhood teachers are historically underpaid because they are mainly female and in a ‘caring’ role.
If successful, the IEUA’s case will result in the Fair Work Commission issuing Equal Remuneration Orders, which would result in higher wages for early childhood teachers across Australia.
At the moment, the IEUA is collecting evidence in the shape of comparison case studies about males in similar occupations who are paid more. These case studies include male primary teachers, engineers, IT professionals and scientists.
This evidence must be submitted by the end of this year. The ‘opposition’ which is a large group including government representatives as well as numerous employer groups, will then present its own evidence, with the Fair Work Commission hearing the case in July/August next year.
A final decision is expected late 2018.
Centralisation by Uniting
Uniting, which administers the Uniting Church’s not for profit services, is taking over the employment of teachers, educators and administrative staff employed in previously locally managed services including preschools, long day care, occasional care and out of school hours care centres. About 400 staff will be affected.
Many locally managed services had enterprise agreements which provide significantly better wages and conditions than under the directly managed agreement. The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is ensuring that staff are aware of the implications of transitioning their employment conditions and trying to preserve the better conditions and wages.
More free PD
The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch has announced it is continuing to offer free professional development for NSW/ACT early childhood teachers through Teacher Learning Network (TLN) into 2018.
TLN is a not for profit professional development provider sponsored by the IEUA and Australian Education Union in Victoria.
Many TLN courses are NESA registered and will count towards the maintenance of your teacher accreditation and provide opportunities to stay on top of current issues in early years education. To register for TLN courses follow this link: www.tln.org.au
Remember, reading Bedrock can also contribute to teacher identified accreditation hours.