without rupert, he would die...
Screaming children, soiled nappies, inquisitive minds. Our early childhood workforce work incredibly hard. These are the people who care for over one million of our children each and every day. They comfort, nurture and educate during the period when 90% of children’s brain development takes place.
And they do it for a pittance.
Few could argue that these vital workers should remain amongst the lowest paid of the Australian workforce, yet this week, just before Christmas, thousands of them have had a long overdue pay rise cruelly ripped off them. People are right to be mightily peeved about this. This is a display of the government’s chaotic decision making, their disregard for the promises they have made and for the workers who are affected.
By way of background, child care centres generally pay their staff in one of two ways: either at the award rate (painfully inadequate), or at a rate negotiated through an enterprise agreement (still seriously inadequate). Workers are paid at varying rates but they all share salaries so low that they are forced to make the impossible choice: between caring for other people’s children or being able to suitably provide for their own.
It is a common complaint from educators, “I love this job – I do it for the children – but I simply can’t afford to continue”. All reasonable people would agree that this needs to be fixed.
The solution is for an across the board increase to their award lifting all salaries, ensuring that no one gets left behind. For this to occur, the previous Labor government created the Fair Work Commission (which enabled cases like this to be heard), and established a pay equity unit to provide the support to help the case succeed. But it doesn’t happen overnight.
The list of Tonycrap is long... too long to state here in full... But the Tony person who has little shitty ideas about this country should have been sunk way before he was allowed to steer anything... He is lucky though that the merdo-crappy press is always rescuing him...
And Tony and shit float with the same density...