What will the ALP’s key IR policies mean for the ECEC sector?

With the Federal election just days away, Queensland workplace law expert Denise O’Reilly, Principal at O’Reilly Workplace Law, has shared her summary of the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP’s) key industrial relations (IR) policies that she thinks are of interest, and of concern, for business.

a month ago

by Lyndsie Clark

The system has failed educators: Shorten’s plan to fix it

The system has failed early childhood educators “the parent’s know it, the community knows it, everybody knows it” Australian Labor Party (ALP) Leader Bill Shorten has said during a doorstop interview while explaining the ALP’s strategy to improve wages while reducing the cost of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for families.

2 months ago

by Lyndsie Clark

Casuals excluded from enterprise agreement votes unless they have a shift on voting day

While we were enjoying our Christmas holiday, the Fair Work Commission made a decision on 31 December 2018 that has an Australian-wide impact on enterprise bargaining voting rights for casual employees, Human Resources Director has reported. The decision reached could have a large impact on the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, which has a large casualised workforce.

3 months ago

by Lyndsie Clark

Male average earnings continue to increase at higher rate than women: ABS data

Average weekly earnings are higher for men working full-time positions and are continuing to increase at a higher percentage than the average weekly earnings for women working full-time, latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ biennial Employee Earnings and Hours survey has shown.

5 months ago

by Lyndsie Clark

Oxfam releases briefing paper highlighting gender pay gap, workforce participation

As the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector continue to push for a fairer wage, and more equitable employment conditions, Oxfam Australia have added a briefing paper to the conversation, highlighting that the top one per cent of Australian income earners continued to own more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent combined in 2018.

5 months ago

by Freya Lucas