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Childcare providers set to protest for 24 hours

Hundreds of childcare providers are planning on closing their doors for 24 hours, in protest at w...
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07.42 8 Jan 2020


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Childcare providers set to protest for 24 hours

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07.42 8 Jan 2020


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Hundreds of childcare providers are planning on closing their doors for 24 hours, in protest at what they say is a 'crisis' facing the sector.

A group of providers are to meet on Thursday to discuss the final details of the plan, which is likely to take place in the next month or so.

It would involve thousands of childcare professionals who are part of groups including SIPTU and the Federation of Childhood Providers.

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Darragh O'Connor from SIPTU says what is happening in the sector cannot continue.

"With the childcare sector in Ireland, it really isn't working for anyone.

"It's certainly not working for parents - who are paying the highest fees in Europe at the moment - it's not working for the professionals on the ground - the majority of whom are earning below the living wage - and it's not working for many providers who are struggling with sustainability.

"So essentially it's reaching boiling point".

He says under-funding is a big problem.

"We need to invest up to the same level as other European countries: and that means that the fees have to reduce for parents, it also means that we reward professionals for their training and education - and that means at a minimum a living wage.

"And thirdly, we have to make sure that services are sustainable as well".

SIPTU says there are 25,000 people working in childcare.

In October last year, it said the average rate of pay was just €11.18 per hour - below the living wage of €12.30.


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