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Crisis in childcare will soon ‘explode’ if the Government doesn’t step in

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SIPTU Big Start Activists in County Wexford Alison Hallahan, Megan Jordan, Thomas Dowling, Shirlie Murray, Ali O’Connor, Eleanor O’Connor, Kathleen McDonald, Bernadette McConville, Lyndsey Murphy and SIPTU Organiser Lenka Halouzkova with Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne outside his office in Enniscorthy.

SIPTU Big Start Activists in County Wexford Alison Hallahan, Megan Jordan, Thomas Dowling, Shirlie Murray, Ali O’Connor, Eleanor O’Connor, Kathleen McDonald, Bernadette McConville, Lyndsey Murphy and SIPTU Organiser Lenka Halouzkova with Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne outside his office in Enniscorthy.

SIPTU Big Start Activists in County Wexford Alison Hallahan, Megan Jordan, Thomas Dowling, Shirlie Murray, Ali O’Connor, Eleanor O’Connor, Kathleen McDonald, Bernadette McConville, Lyndsey Murphy and SIPTU Organiser Lenka Halouzkova with Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne outside his office in Enniscorthy.

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“We have to address affordability in childcare and ensure childcare professionals are being properly paid and are earning a proper living wage”, said Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne as he backed a campaign by SIPTU early years workers in Wexford.

Local activists are seeking the support of  the county’s Oireachtas members for a pre-Budget submission by the union calling for an investment of €150 million in childcare to address issues that include what  Wexford SIPTU official Lenka  Halouzkova called ‘poverty pay rates’ in the sector along with the need for a reduction in costs for parents. 


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