Victorian Childcare Workers To Walk Off The Job
Children at numerous Victorian childcare centres will be sent home early, as workers walk off the job campaigning for better pay.
Workers will stage protests on Thursday, coinciding with Equal Pay Day, calling for a rise in their wage to meet what other educators receive.
Early childhood union United Voice says childcare centre workers are paid a third less than people educating children just a few years older.
United Voice national secretary Jo-anne Schofield put the underpayment down to the industry's gender make-up.
"Educators are among the lowest-paid professionals in Australia for one simple reason - this workforce is 95 per cent female, and their profession is shamefully underpaid," she said in a statement.
The union says parents at affected centres have been notified of the action in advance and workers have ensured contingency plans are in place for every child in their care.
Workers are set to walk off the job after 3pm on Thursday.