Extending early childhood education in Australia, to enable all children to access a structured and game-based early learning programme the year before entering school, must be a universal access policy. Members of the Independent Education Union NSW/ACT Branch of the Islamic School of Canberra were granted the right to take industrial action today, as negotiations on company agreements have long stalled. The IIEU invites you to celebrate World Relief Personnel Day on 16 May. As an initiative of Education International, the global organisation of education trade unions, it offers us all the opportunity to pay tribute to those who play an extremely important role in education. The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch calls on the federal government to continue funding universal access to ensure that four-year-olds have access to 15 hours of early childhood education and care (ECEC) provided by a qualified university teacher. NSW early childhood teachers are eagerly awaiting the commitment of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education and Early Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell to abide by the pay equity agreement announced today by the Victorian government. The Victorian announcement calls for early childhood teachers to finally pay the same rate as school teachers, the right rate for their equivalent and often identical teaching qualifications. Sign the IEUA NSW/ACT petition for an immediate transition to emergency school agreements with reduced student participation. Teachers and assistants need to have the time and a safe working environment to move to a hybrid education model. More than 50 European Union members working in the Catholic school office in the diocese of Maitland-Newcastle stopped work on Wednesday to demand that they remain covered by their union-brokered company agreement and not be converted to individual contracts as part of an administrative restructuring. Higher education is in crisis, and the federal government is now deciding to radically restructure funding for our universities – to cut funding per student and harm the critical research and teaching our nation needs.

We must work together to stop them in the Senate. .