Today many child care centres around the country have closed because of a 'day of action' by their employees over 'low pay'.
According to the article the average pay for these workers are around $21 - $23 / hour and they have demanded a 35% increase.
I think this is pure lunacy, 35% increase when Child Care is becoming more and more unaffordable to the average family. It is becoming less viable for the second bread winner to work as child care fees are around $120 - $150 / day, many workers have to make at least $200 - $250 pre-tax just to break even with these fees, so many simply stay home.
Now they want a 35% increase, and at $21 - $23 / hour x 8 hours we are looking at an increase of $64 / day (no Child care centre will absorb those costs increases).
$22 / hour is an accurate reflection for the low skill requirements of this profession. The requirements to enter this profession are LOW, a Cert III which is about $1k with concessions. This is not a knock or an attack of the profession but I don’t think the proposed awards for Child Care workers is reflective of the skillsets required to do that work.
Also doing a strike impacting so many families is not going to endear people to their plight.
I sincerely hope all calls for an increase are thrown out.