Right now the gender pay gap is 15.3% according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), based on ABS stats.
That means men working full-time are earning an average $251.20 more than women working full-time.
Equal Pay Day marks the additional time from the end of the past financial year that women must work in order to earn the same yearly salary as men.
Making the announcement on the eve of Equal Pay Day, childcare workers across the country will walk off their jobs on Thursday the 7th of September at 3:20pm– signalling the time of day that they effectively start working for free due to low wages.
Early childcare educators in Australia continue to face appalling conditions. They typically earn a meagre $21 an hour– half the wage of the average Australian. This is despite the fact early childcare educators spend anywhere between 18 months and 4 years, qualifying for their positions.
Moreover, the industry is heavily dominated by women.