Standing together for a better future for Early Childhood Educators.



Collective bargaining results in better pay and conditions. 


Our industrial specialists and lawyers give you back up and support at work. 


Get access to training, information and a community of educators fighting for change.


Membership is 100% tax-deductible.



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Key reasons to join your union

“We won 10% above award rates”

United Workers Union members, Sophie and Rosslyn, talk about the amazing new Enterprise Agreement members have won across two worksites in Adelaide. Full video below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unions were started for workers, by workers to give them a stronger voice at work and in the community. Unions collectively bargain for better pay and conditions, provide representation at work, and engage in community and political campaigns that impact members’ lives. Joining the union is joining a collective, standing together for a better future.

United Workers Union (UWU) is the union for all Early Childhood Educators, all across Australia.

If you’re unsure or have any questions, get in touch with us here.

No. The Fair Work Act 2009 states that in Australia, everyone has the right to be a member of a union. Your employer cannot discriminate against you or prevent you from being a member, or from seeking help from your organiser or local union office.

Union membership fees change slightly based on where you work and what you’re paid – most membership fees are $13.25 a week. The join form will display the right fee grade once you enter your occupation information, before you submit your details.

Yes, union membership is 100% tax deductible!

When joining online you can select to pay either by credit/debit card, or via direct debit.

You can also select your payment frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, so you can align it with your pay cycle.

Unions are run to benefit their members, not for profit. Membership fees are used to provide services and advocate on behalf of members.

The Big Steps Campaign is made up of educators who have come together as members of the union for early childhood educators, United Workers Union. These educators are calling on the Government to fund professional pay for every educator and campaigning for respect. Educators won’t stop until we win and create a better sector for everyone.

YES! United Workers Union members can access the Big Steps Professional Learning program, offering accredited professional development courses on a range of topics. Online learning allows educators all over the country to access PD in a way that’s convenient and suits your situation.

Join today and know you are protected.

Don’t wait until an issue comes up – unions can generally only assist you if you are a member at the time the incident occurred.