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.
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