Mildura Weekly : Friday August 7 Vol 9 No 39
Distributed FREE every Friday FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015 WWW.MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU VOL 9 #39 Kindergarten industrial action planned Teachers strike EDUCATORS from kindergartens throughout Sunraysia will stop work next week as part of a long- running campaign to seek pay par- ity with their primary school coun- terparts. Sunraysia staff and teachers will join thousands across Victo- ria in protest action on Thursday, with a march planned in Deakin Avenue about 9.30am in a bid to raise awareness of their plight. The Australian Education Union says primary school teach- ers are paid between eight and 14 percent more than their early childhood counterparts, despite requiring very similar qualifica- tions. According to the AEU, early childhood teachers have been steadily loosing ground in the two years they’ve been negotiating with the Victorian Government over a new pay deal. A representative said that two years ago, when negotiations start- ed, early childhood teachers were paid the same as primary school teachers, however the gap between the two sectors has steadily grown to the point where some primary school teachers are paid up to 14 percent more. Sunraysia Australian Education Union representative, and Red Cliffs Kindergarten teacher, Lynne Wenborn, LEFT, said increasing workloads without a correspond- ing increase in pay were another major issue. Ms Wenborn said early child- hood educators are now required to have additional qualifications and take on more work, however these factors aren’t being recog- nised with the current pay scale. She said the combination of increasing workloads and the growing pay divide compared to primary school teachers was not only driving teachers out of the industry, but deterring new educa- tors, leading to a shortage of work- ers. There have already been cases in Mildura where primary school- trained teachers were brought in to fill gaps at some kindergartens due to shortages of early childhood educators. Teachers say there have also been instances in Sunraysia where kindergarten sessions had been cancelled after a teacher had been forced to go home due to illness and there hadn’t been enough staff to replace them, ultimately im- pacting on childrens’ education. Ms Wenborn said teachers were also battling the perception their work wasn’t as important or valu- able as other levels in the education sector. “We’re just as well trained as our primary school counterparts,” she said. “And long-term studies have shown that children who’ve had ac- cess to early childhood education are the ones who maintain their jobs later on in life, they’re the ones who contribute to the economy, the ones who haven’t gone through juvenile issues and been an expense to society that way. • Continued Page 3 Mildura Roller Derby League president Sophie ‘Mama Mayhem’ Bowring and treasurer Mia ‘RapScallion’ Kolpin are urging people to come down to the Chaffey Secondary College stadium tomorrow for Round Five of the Statewide Stampede. With four games of roller derby, plus plenty of family-friendly entertainment, the duo are expecting a successful day! See Page 21 for the full story. Ona roll! Photograph: PAUL MENSCH (Victorian Energy Effi ciency Target) www.veet.vic.gov.ay ONE 50W HALOGEN CONSUMES MORE ENERGY THAN EIGHT 6W PRIMSAL LEDs = For more information or to book an installation, firstname.lastname@example.org | www.saygreen.com.au FREE LEDs Installed by an A grade electrician Call Anthony 0450 005 396 LED downlights provided and installed FREE as part of the Victorian Government Initiative. Quality LED globes to replace your existing halogen downlights to help reduce your impact on the environment and to help reduce your power bill. Supplied and Installed FREE by an A Grade Electrician.
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