The AEU's Support Staff Week of Action each year acknowledges School Services Officers (SSOs), Early Childhood Workers
(ECWs) and Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs). We know that sites could
not function without you and everything you do helps support young
people to achieve their potential.
This year, the member action is all about the National “Every School Every Child” campaign and for us in SA that means every preschool too – that’s Every Child Everywhere.
In this campaign AEU and community members are standing together and demanding enough funding so that every child receives the support they need, when they need it. Support staff know all too well how important this as many SSOs, ECWs and AEWs provide that additional support.
Increased funding will not only mean support that our children and students need to access their learning and be successful in our schools and preschools, but more employment opportunities and importantly, more secure employment for ECWs, AEWs and SSOs.
As with previous years, it’s about acknowledgement and appreciation, cake and flowers but it’s much more. Respect and appreciation of a person’s work also means taking action to improve their working lives – this action is one way you can show respect for AEW, SSO and ECW members of our union and your education team.