Childcare workers need a pay rise to reflect the importance of their work

When the Fair Work Commission rejected early childhood educators equal pay claim, Lisa Bryant wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 February, 2018:

One in five early childhood educators are considering leaving the profession because of the low wages, status and standing of their work. They are sick of doing demanding jobs without love or money. In Sydney, high rents are forcing many out of living near their workplace — don't even talk about home ownership to this lot.

So with no wage rises imminent and a minister that makes it clear that childcare is really no more than that — caring for children to enable more important workers to go off to more important jobs — why would anyone want to remain in the job?

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