March: women marching, election kick-off, and a whole lotta coffee.
What a month March was, and the Big Steps campaign was in the spotlight yet again!
As a female-dominated workforce, early childhood educators have often taken part in International Women's Day (IWD) events and celebrations. This year was no different, with a contingent of Big Steps activists leading the IWD march through Melbourne's CBD.
Our teal shirts leading the way!
As the rally of thousands arrived at Parliament House, local educator and Big Steps leader Kylie Grey gave an inspiring speech about why it's time for women in ECEC to be paid as professionals!
Educators in Frankston and Langwarrin also spent International Women's Day speaking to local families about the Big Steps campaign. Armed with free coffee at morning drop-off, they asked families to show their support for their children's educators by signing our petition for professional pay.
We were also joined by Peta Murphy, federal candidate for Dunkley, who reaffirmed Labor's commitment to funding professional pay for early childhood educators if elected.
The seat of Dunkley will be decided by only a few hundred votes, so it's important that we continue talking to the community about how they can use their vote to support early childhood educators.
Labor's federal candidate for Dunkley Peta Murphy with educators at Goodstart Early Learning Frankston South.
We were back in Dunkley the following week for the Change The Rules election campaign kick-off! Our own Kerrie Devir spoke about the Big Steps campaign and how it fits into the wider Change The Rules movement. In order to change working conditions for educators and all Australian workers, we need to change the government!
Long-serving Big Steps campaigner and educator Kerrie Devir at the Change The Rules kick-off in Dunkley.
Dunkley will be the primary battle ground leading up to the federal election, with street stalls, door knocks and other opportunities to talk to voters about the campaign to change the rules. To find out how you can get involved, join the We Are Union volunteer list here.
Wednesday 10th April - Rally to Change The Rules! Join us as we take to the streets to show our collective power! This is gonna be a big one.
Saturday 13th April - Door knocking in Dunkley. A group of us will be catching a bus down to Frankston to take part in the first door knock event of the year. If you'd like to get on the Big Steps bus, email Bindi Miles here.