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Marian Rakosi: The New Unionists: Early Childhood Education and the Big Steps Campaign

Despite the importance of early education for children, the work of care workers and educators is plagued by long hours, job insecurity and low wages.

Twenty-four-year-old children’s educator Marian Rakosi is a spokesperson for the national Big Steps campaign, whose aim is to transform the early childhood education and care profession into what it should be – an industry that is stable, respected, and well paid.

Marian is part of the changing face of trade unions in Australia, now dominated by women in the health, education and childcare sectors. Today she talks about the new dynamic surrounding unions, and argues for the importance of organising for mutual benefit to win professional wages and build a quality early childhood and care system in Australia.


Portrait of Marian Rakosi

Marian Rakosi

Marian Rakosi is a young, passionate early childhood educator and proud unionist from Sydney.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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