Why? Why is the world like this?
Young children ask why all day, and early educators have questions too.
Why are we working additional duties with additional responsibilities with no higher duties pay?
Why do we need to do programming in our own time? Why do we need to pay for our essential ongoing training?
Why are centres unable to manage staffing so that we can get our breaks, our programming time and our training covered?
Why are Council-run centres squeezing its teachers? Local Council early childhood educators used to have the best working conditions, why not now?
We care about the children, but why should we have to put up with this? Your union, the USU, negotiates the Local Government (State) Award that covers all local council workers. Some Councils have their own closely connected Award, and you could too!
The USU is asking: The children and their families appreciate you and your expertise, how about your employer?
What does professional recognition look like? It’s a dedicated Award that addresses the specific challenges of the sector which can keep up with the ever-changing demands of your jobs.
What needs to change? A dedicated Award is an opportunity for early childhood educators to directly address the challenges of the sector.
The Award, the Union, and you: The building blocks for better conditions.
HISTORY MAKING AWARD DELAYED BY EMPLOYER NEGOTIATION TEAM!
July 2023 –
You may have heard we have commenced meetings to start discussions on an Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Award.
Two meetings have been held with employer representatives and the next one was scheduled for the 6th July 2023.
On the 17th May 2023 the USU supplied our negotiation log of claims to the employer negotiation team. They requested time to review before responding.
It has been 7 weeks since this occurred and the USU has been advised that they are not ready to meet as not all Councils have had the opportunity to provide feedback!
CAMPAIGN UPDATE – LOG OF CLAIMS FOR THE AWARD
May 2023 – We have been visiting early education centres across Sydney and have now commenced formal discussions on an Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Award. Two meetings have been held with employer representatives and the next one is scheduled for 6 July 2023.
Some of the highlights of the log of claims are:
- Educational Leader and Nominated Supervisor Allowance
- Mandated programming time
- Additional Sick Leave
The Award, the Union, and you: The building blocks for professional recognition.
We’re visiting you soon
Your Union will be visiting your centre soon to meet with members and update you on the development of a ECEC Award in Local Government.
|Council||Visit Date 2||Visit Date 3|
|Blacktown City Council||10-Jul||9-Oct|
|Campbelltown City Council||3-Jul||25-Sep|
|Canada Bay City Council||21-Aug||20-Nov|
|City of Sydney Council||4-Sep||4-Dec|
|Fairfield City Council||24-Jul||23-Oct|
|Georges River Council||7-Aug||30-Oct|
|Inner West Council||31-Jul||6-Nov|
|Lane Cove Council||4-Sep||4-Dec|
|Liverpool City Council||3-Jul||25-Sep|
|Northern Beaches Council||14-Aug||13-Nov|
|Penrith City Council||11-Sep||11-Dec|
|Randwick City Council||28-Aug||27-Nov|
|The Hills Shire Council||21-Aug||20-Nov|
|Willoughby City Council||14-Aug||13-Nov|
|Woollahra Municipal Council||28-Aug||27-Nov|