SIPTU Head of Strategic Organising and Campaigns, Darragh O’Connor, said: “Yesterday (Sunday, 1st September), it was reported that Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone is seeking to establish the Living Wage of €12.30 per hour as the minimum payment for workers in the childcare sector. Such a move has the support of SIPTU and the thousands of union members in the sector.
“The childcare sector is in the middle of a low pay crisis. A reported 94% of educators struggle to make ends meet and 51% are actively looking for a job in a different sector. Educators in the childcare sector earn on average just €11.18 per hour, while thousands earn just over the minimum wage of €9.80 per hour. Unsurprisingly, staff turnover is at 25% per annum, a situation which is severely undermining the quality of services in the sector.”
He added: “The Government must support quality childcare for children and parents. A crucial step is to support the payment of a Living Wage for qualified and skilled educators, many of whom are being forced to leave a job they love because of inadequate rates of pay.”