Unions respond to free childcare announcement with concerns about job preservation

While yesterday’s announcement in relation to significant short term reform of Government funding for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector was cautiously welcomed, more needs to be done to ensure jobs within the sector are preserved, both the New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory branch of the Independent Education Union (IEU NSW/ACT) and the United Workers Union (UWU) have said.

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

ECEC needs urgent and tough COVID-19 rules, Union says, releasing plan

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services need increased hygiene and safety measures in their services, the United Workers Union has said, and if these cannot be put in place, services should “be shut down to protect young children and educators”.

12 days ago

by Freya Lucas

AEU calls for support, consistency and clarity for those working in preschools

The announcement on Sunday night by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, that preschools and schools should remain open, has caused “major confusion for principals, teachers, education support staff and parents,” the Australian Education Union (AEU) has said.

14 days ago

by Freya Lucas

United Workers Union welcome Australia’s first wage theft laws, protecting workers

The United Workers Union has welcomed recent Victorian legislation which they have termed “the toughest wage theft laws of any state”.

18 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Women need a better deal, Unions say, highlighting retirement danger for those in ECEC

In a submission to the Retirement Income Review Living well after work, the Australian Union movement has called for superannuation to increase to 15 per cent, highlighting that women, especially, need “a better deal” when it comes to funding to support their post work life.

62 days ago

by Freya Lucas