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A number of Australian childcare centres will close as workers strike over pay issues.

Thousands of Australian childcare centres will be closed on Tuesday as educators walk off the job in hope of a 30 percent pay rise.

Qualified childcare staff are among the lowest paid workers in Australia, most earning just over $20 an hour which is half the national average wage, shares 9 news.

On Tuesday, childcare workers will strike nationally to demand greater pay.

“We have our record numbers for this walk-off in our third national walk-off,” senior educator Gwendolyn Alcock told Today .

“Six-and-half thousand educators are walking off on Tuesday over a variety of different services across the country.

“Some will be closing for the day or leaving half way through the day.”

“We’re a 97 percent female-dominated sector. You can’t tell me this isn’t a gendered issue,” she said.

“We’re professionals, we’re specialist and we care about the next generation. It is time we get paid what we deserve.”

“Some services are closing for the full day and some services are modifying their hour, Ms Alcock said.

“We have the full support from the community. We’re not going to stop until we have full paid equality.”

Parents with children under five years old are urged to keep them at home or arrange alternate care on Tuesday due to the strike.

Will this strike affect your family?

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  • Doesn’t affect me.

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  • The strike did not impact our family. Childcare workers have every right to follow this action.

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  • I got my childcare diploma. Qualified to run a room in a childcare centre. Had to instruct and lead two other staff. Had to have paperwork on each child in care. Observations. Understanding all areas of development. On opening in am centre I was responsible for all ages arriving by 8am with only one or two other staff. All combined in one room. Of course communications with families vital and ongoing. Coordinator who ran centre had their way of running it. How they want to see rooms decorated.
    So communications with staff, families all important. Professionalism important of course. For seven years I was only ever on $ 20 at peak of career. Really loved kids and that job. but the expectations on staff is a nightmare. The childcare worker is an unrecognized professional, paywise. Trust me the astronomical fees dont convert into our pays. Childcare workers are vital in the cogs of clockwork in families working week but we are paid less than deserved. I’m a cleaner for houses now I have kids of my own and I earn more per hour. And theres alot less stress by a long shot. Its the wholestigma of womens work in childcare. Yet we have to run more paperwork than schools or just as muxh

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  • I hadn’t heard yet ! No child care on Tuesday here, so it won’t effect me. It certainly is a low paid job.


    • Some of the hardest jobs have the lowest pay – not right!

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  • They earn just twenty dollars an hour??? They have all the rights to strike.
    It won’t affect me at all.

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  • I would have thought they earned more considering how expensive it is to send a child. So expensive I can’t afford to go back to work

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