Australia Childcare centres to close across Queensland as staff walk off the job

19:29  06 september  2017
19:29  06 september  2017 Source:

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Some childcare centres are expected to be shut on Tuesday as thousands of staff across the country walk off the job demanding higher pay.

Sophie Jones has worked at the same childcare centre in West End for the best part of seven years. 

The Kurilpa Community Childcare Centre has about 90 families enrolled. On any day, Ms Jones can be part of a team looking after 50-plus little ones. 

It's clear watching the staff at work, they love their jobs. But tomorrow, they're all throwing in the towel. 

At 3.20pm, they're closing the doors. Staff at the centre in Brisbane's south and dozens of others across South East Queensland, say they're no longer working for below the average national wage. 

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More than 300 childcare centres across Australia shut their doors on Tuesday morning after thousands of workers walked off the job to demand higher pay. As part of the industrial action, some centres will be shut for the entire day

Employees from about 100 Queensland childcare centres are expected to participate in industrial action this week as part of a national campaign for better pay. Childcare centre workers will walk off the job on Tuesday in the fight for better pay.

They know families won't be happy.

"Absolutely and they should be, just to realise the impact," Ms Jones told 9NEWS. 

Unions claim this will be the largest strike action of early childhood educators in Australian history. 

Helen Gibbons of United Voice said "love doesn’t pay the bills".

"The government needs to commit to funding professional pay for educators," Ms Gibbons said.

Unions fear some staff are paid as little as $21 an hour and they believe wages should be increased by 35 percent. 

"We put the petition out about four weeks ago and got an incredible response from all our families who wanted to come on board," Ms Jones said. 

All parents should have been consulted if their centre will be affected by tomorrow's strike action, however they're being urged to double check tonight to avoid chaos at pick-up time. 

"They should definitely be talking to the director of the centre and finding out the implications on the families and what they should be doing," Ms Jones said. 


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