Early Childhood The log rolls on: developing claims for early childhood agreements

With the commencement of bargaining for the next VECTEA and EEEA set for early 2024, we have been running log of claims (LOC) meetings across the state. Members within their local regions have endorsed a LOC that includes professional pay for teachers and educators, removal of the capability assessment, and entitlements to address workload.  

We will also be holding special interest LOC meetings, including with First Nations members, educators, LGBTQI+, PSFOs, CRTs, Early Years Advisors, and another focused on gender equality in EC. Please contact EC organiser Max Grarock at [email protected] if you would like a meeting in your local region or network.

Members know that the only way to address the workload crisis and to improve pay, particularly for educators, is through the bargaining of the new agreements.

At these meetings, members have been clear about their challenges. Most importantly, they identified what needs to be included in upcoming agreements to improve pay and to guarantee conditions that address workload. Thank you to the members who worked with us to set up and host those meetings, and to those who stepped up their level of activism to become a rep or delegate as part of the bargaining process. Sector councillors will endorse the final log of claims at our December council meeting, to be served to employers before the end of Term 4.

Members know that the only way to address the workload crisis and to improve pay, particularly for educators, is through the bargaining of the new agreements. Members are the union, and it is thanks to you and your commitment to this process that we are in a position to get the best outcomes possible.

We have a big year ahead of us to get this done! Imagine what we could achieve if more of the sector got involved and helped us build our campaign to achieve strong agreements that address the issues frequently raised by members.

I encourage you to continue to have those invaluable conversations with your colleagues on the importance of being a member and joining the collective campaign. Invite your colleagues to join online at aeuvic.asn.au/join.

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