Barnett's Budget: Savage Cuts to the Public Sector

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith slammed the State Budget describing it as a “budget of savage cuts which will result in lower quality services for the people of Western Australia.”

Ms Smith said the public would be appalled to discover that the workforce budget in Education will be slashed by over $282m, and in Health by over $20m, over the next four years.

“Western Australia is a boom state with over 1,000 people settling in WA each week,” said Ms Smith.

“Our essential services are already stretched. We are now left with cuts that are going to affect our services.”

“These cuts will mean a lower quality education and health system for the people of Western Australia.

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Labor Government Delivers Vital Childcare Reforms

AmyAustralia’s early childhood educators celebrate the next step in their campaign for quality childcare with the release this morning of the guidelines for the implementation of the Early Years Quality Fund.

The Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, Kate Ellis, made the announcement this morning surrounded by excited educators, relieved to finally be on the path towards the professional wages which are essential for a quality early childhood education and care sector that meets children’s needs.

Michael Crosby, National President of United Voice says “The Early Years Quality Fund is critical to slowing down the exodus of educators from early childhood education and care.

Every week 180 educators leave the sector, driven away by the poverty level wages.

This cannot be allowed to continue.

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Big Steps Case Lodged

BMitchell.JPGUnited Voice lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission for equal pay for Australia’s low paid early childhood educators in July 2013.

The application for an Equal Remuneration Order covers all early childhood professionals employed in Australia’s long day care centres, covering 68,000 educators providing early childhood education and care (ECEC) to approximately 610,000 children.

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Michael Crosby, National President of United Voice says “This application for equal pay is about quality – making sure we have high quality, professional educators to educate and care for the next generation of young Australians.

“Professional pay will enable this important sector to retain and build the workforce required to provide the quality education and care to which every child has a right.

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