Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Time is right for early childhood teachers’ pay equity claim

Time is right for early childhood teachers’ pay equity claim
27 June 2017

For immediate release.

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ) applauds and supports the claim for pay equity for early childhood teachers launched by NZEI Te Riu Roa today.

“A teacher is a teacher is a teacher,” said ECNZ Chief Executive Kathy Wolfe. “Early childhood teachers study for Bachelor’s degrees the same as Primary teachers, they guide and educate our children at a crucial stage of their development, and yet at entry level they are paid on average $13,000 less than Primary teachers[1]. That’s not just a measure of how ECE is held in lower regard, but a reflection of the 97% female workforce[2] and the failure to act on 45-year old pay equity legislation.

“It was obvious from the moment the justice of the aged care workers’ claim was acknowledged that there had to be a similar move in the ECE sector. One great benefit that will flow from this action is that people will have an opportunity to see exactly what ECE teachers do and why they deserve more recognition. It’s not just messy play and singing songs – our teachers are trained to understand and recognise a child’s learning and cognitive development. They provide the environment and the experiences for children to lay the foundations for future learning at Primary and Secondary school and beyond. They are also responsible for the safety and wellbeing of our youngest children while they are still completely dependent on adults and taking their first steps away from the full-time care of their parents or caregivers.

“It’s bad enough that the pay of ECE teachers has been choked off by years of under-investment by the government. To be paid less than comparable workers to begin with just because traditionally most of them are women, is to rub salt in the wound.

“There are employers in the sector who are already committed to fair pay and conditions for their workforce through the Early Childhood Education Collective Employment Agreement (ECECEA), but who do want to acknowledge further equity for their qualified staff. This claim is a step in the right direction but we would advocate further for pay parity with Primary coupled with restoration of 100% qualified teacher led services. And we advocate that any pay equity movement relating to remuneration flows directly into terms and conditions and ongoing professional learning and development.

“The successful conclusion of the aged care workers’ case should ensure that this claim can be swiftly resolved and ECE teachers and support workers don’t need to wait years more for a move towards fair pay.

“All teachers do an amazing and invaluable job. Let’s make sure they are all rewarded fairly, no matter what kind of early learning centre they work in, whatever level they teach at, or whether they are women or men.”

[1] CareersNZ
[1] OECD http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933487386
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>


Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>

ALSO:

Te Papa: New Chief Executive From Its Own Staff

Courtney Johnston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Te Papa. Ms Johnston will take up the role in December 2019. Since its founding, Te Papa has had a dual leadership model, and as Tumu Whakarae|Chief Executive, Johnston will share the leadership with Kaihautū Dr Arapata Hakiwai. More>>

ALSO:

Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland