Childcare workers to send a flood of 'anti-Valentines'
Frustrated childcare workers will be flooding Taoiseach Enda Kenny's constituency office with anti-Valentine's cards on February 14.
Instead of gushing words of praise, more than a hundred of his constituents from his home town of Castlebar Co Mayo, will be sending him Valentine's cards expressing their frustration with what they say is the dysfunctional childcare system in this country.
"Every one of the over 130 childcare providers in Mayo received a Valentine's card in which they can write a personal message to Enda on how this dysfunctional childcare system is letting everyone down, especially our children," said Clement Shevlin, an organiser with trade union Siptu and coordinator of the "Big Start" campaign.
"The campaign is calling for major reform in childcare to address the chaos that has left the sector totally demoralised. In the sector, workers with third-level qualifications are on the minimum wage, providers are struggling to maintain a sustainable business and parents are struggling to afford the costs of childcare."