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Childcare Costs to skyrocket!

By CanberraMum - 25 February 2010 58

They have done it again, our Government (local) have made another dumb decision without thinking about the consequences…..Can you believe it – PORTABLE LONG SERVICE LEAVE…… No, not for the Public Service, not for everyone – just some people – actually just for childcare workers……So, all childcare workers in the ACT are now entered into a compulsory portable Long Service Leave scheme……What does that mean:

1) The employer now has to pay a levy of all wages to an authority, 2) that authority then pays the childcare worker for Long service leave after five years..

What a nightmare: It is all negative:

1) The employer will increase childcare costs to fund for the levey – so expect an increase in June!! 2) The workers now have no requirement to stay loyal to an employer – defeating the whole purpose of Long Service Leave, i.e Long Service Leave is earnt for Long Service. 3) The workers can change companies willy nilly, and their new employers may hire them, and then be immediately forced to provide them with Long Service Leave, even if they have only just commenced work!

I cannot believe the ramifications – why doesn’t this affect every single employee in the ACT, Why doesnt this occur all over Australia – well the answer to the second question is easy!! Cause it’s stupid!! and it is going to further increase the cost of childcare.

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Childcare Costs to skyrocket!
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swamiOFswank 5:28 pm
25 Feb 10
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CanberraMum, you are presumably a mum of CanberraKids who need childcare. Suck it up and start paying. Hopefully they won’t grow up to have an ego and attitude problem like you.

Alternatively, stay home, take care of your own damned kids and stop bitching about having to pay more so that some poor sucker on minimum wage can look after your precious bundle-o-joy. No doubt you need childcare because you’re off working to pay the mortgage on your 4br ensuite home. Lets face it, community sector workers earn shit money and can hardly even entertain the idea of having enough money to buy their own place – you can bet they’re struggling to even put food on their own table. How would you fare on a piddling $15 per hour?

Wouldn’t you rather attract competent and skilled workers who are paid adequately to care for your brats? Surely the answer is yes…

Why is it that we allow our vulnerable loved ones – kids, grannies, disabled…to be looked after by socially and financially disadvantaged people who often can’t get work elsewhere? The crap pay and conditions in the community sector are the real injustice here.

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dvaey 5:34 pm
25 Feb 10
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This comment/rant seems awfully political, and the author seems to have included a few specific details which Id expect to be in a press release or news article somewhere. Since this article is linked, can you provide your source, and what bias and/or what your interest in this is? Are you simply a parent who was advised by your childcare that their prices will go up because of a government decision?

A quick google finds absolutely nothing about it even.

I doubt the employees would be expressing a negative opinion about getting extra benefits, which really makes me wonder what angle youre trying to get out of this.

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proofpositive 6:00 pm
25 Feb 10
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Whilst you are happy enjoying the spoils of your second family income (hence your need for childcare) going to and from your place of work in your (FBT free, tax subsidised) salary packaged car, perhaps next time you’ll think more carefully about the implications of having squandering all your baby bonus on that plasma TV in your living room instead of investing it for a rainy day.

Build a bridge and get over it.

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dvaey 6:06 pm
25 Feb 10
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Okay, it appears my google comment was too quick, as I was only searching google news which goes back 3 months, and this is old news dating back at least 12 months with no recent developments.

Spend a little time reading up on portable long service leave on google, and a lot of your initial comments lose value. The actual proposal is called ‘Portable long service leave for the ACT community services sector”.

From public long service leave report:

> The Community Services sector includes activities such as: personal and social support;
> child care; training and employment; financial and placement services; corrective services;
> other direct community service activities; and policy, community and service development
> and support.

I dunno how anyone could read that list and say No, not for the Public Service, not for everyone – just some people – actually just for childcare workers when infact is is not for public servants, not for everyone, only for those who work in community services supporting those people who need their services.

As for your question of “Why doesnt this occur all over Australia – well the answer to the second question is easy!! Cause it’s stupid!!“.. Other states do have PLSL for various industries. Maybe part of the reason why it hasnt occured yet all over Australia, is due to the higher than average number of public service families who work, where in other parts of Australia parents dont necessarily wish to put their young child in childcare and instead raise the child themselves.

Also, if you think that portable long service leave in the ACT only exists for childcare workers, maybe you should have a look at http://www.actlslb.act.gov.au/construction%20about%20us.htmlthe ACT portable long service leave scheme for construction workers

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dvaey 6:07 pm
25 Feb 10
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Okay, it appears my google comment was too quick, as I was only searching google news which goes back 3 months, and this is old news dating back at least 12 months with no recent developments.

Spend a little time reading up on portable long service leave on google, and a lot of your initial comments lose value. The actual proposal is called ‘Portable long service leave for the ACT community services sector”.

From public long service leave report:

> The Community Services sector includes activities such as: personal and social support;
> child care; training and employment; financial and placement services; corrective services;
> other direct community service activities; and policy, community and service development
> and support.

I dunno how anyone could read that list and say No, not for the Public Service, not for everyone – just some people – actually just for childcare workers when infact is is not for public servants, not for everyone, only for those who work in community services supporting those people who need their services.

As for your question of “Why doesnt this occur all over Australia – well the answer to the second question is easy!! Cause it’s stupid!!“.. Other states do have PLSL for various industries. Maybe part of the reason why it hasnt occured yet all over Australia, is due to the higher than average number of public service families who work, where in other parts of Australia parents dont necessarily wish to put their young child in childcare and instead raise the child themselves.

Also, if you think that portable long service leave in the ACT only exists for childcare workers, maybe you should have a look at <A HREF="http://www.actlslb.act.gov.au/construction%20about%20us.htmlthe ACT portable long service leave scheme for construction workers

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Jim Jones 7:16 pm
25 Feb 10
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Spectra said :

It is all negative

I’m staggered by the kind of arrogance that would completely ignore the fact that it’s a positive thing for these grossly underpaid and under-appreciated workers. “It’s all negative”…”for me, and who the hell else would matter?”.

Horrible to think that such self-involved people are out there raising similarly narcissistic children.

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inlymbo 7:30 pm
25 Feb 10
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What an outrageous post. ‘CanberraMum’ me thinks ‘Canberrachildcarecentreowner’ more like.

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deezagood 8:35 pm
25 Feb 10
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This is great news for those horrifically underpaid, hard-working childcarers in Canberra – terrific news indeed.

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WalkTheTalk 8:50 pm
25 Feb 10
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‘Dvaey’ – kudos for researching this and putting a bit of effort into your posts, nice work!

I agree that on the face of this, the OP is outlandish and insulting to those we entrust with our children, whose pay and conditions are ridiculously inverse to the importance of their role.

‘Thumper’ – good point at #3 re: potential employers paying the LSL bill for a new employee.

‘Canberramum’ – if we collectively ‘hold fire’ long enough, can we encourage you to expand on your points in your original post? ‘Dvaey’ rightly asks this at #17 and I’m sure we’d all appreciate a well thought out and researched position on this.

Please respond to those who have raised decent counter points.

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Anna Key 9:15 pm
25 Feb 10
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Would comment, but its all been said.

You’re not part of the couple that sued a doctor for accidentally providing you with two healthy children when you only wanted one, and stuffed up your planned lifestyle, are you? Alternatively, if you find it all so offensive, maybe you and your husband (or whatever) could sacrifice a career for a few years and raise your children yourself

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WanniAss 9:20 pm
25 Feb 10
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So there may be some incentive for a child care worker to stay in the industry rather than leaving to take up an APS 3 in the public service? Maybe this might mean my daughter might have the same child care worker for more than a few weeks before yet another one leaves

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bd84 9:26 pm
25 Feb 10
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Been living under a rock for the past 6 months? The legislation was passed in August last year. I guess they could have been letting the anger build during that time in preparation for a good angry ramble on here..

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moneypenny2612 11:29 pm
25 Feb 10
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I am struggling to think of something constructive and positive to say about the OT. Bugger it. I’ll make do with ‘thoughtful’.

If you find child-rearing financially draining you could always:

A. quit your paid employment and rear your kids yourself. No childcare fees to worry about. Let us know when you feel like some LSL; or

B. import some Filipino girl to be a nanny – you could even deduct board from the measly wage you pay her, and not include LSL in her contract conditions; or

C. if your lifestyle is really cramped by the advent of portable LSL in the childcare industry, auction the child on ebay. More money in your pocket (except for foregone tax rebates). Make sure you set a proper reserve price.

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Power Protect 3:28 pm
26 Feb 10
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moneypenny2612 said :

C. if your lifestyle is really cramped by the advent of portable LSL in the childcare industry, auction the child on ebay. More money in your pocket (except for foregone tax rebates). Make sure you set a proper reserve price.

What a completely absurb comment to make!

Ebay’s fees are so high they’ll hardly make any money at all.

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Wraith 4:22 pm
26 Feb 10
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proofpositive said :

Whilst you are happy enjoying the spoils of your second family income (hence your need for childcare) going to and from your place of work in your (FBT free, tax subsidised) salary packaged car, perhaps next time you’ll think more carefully about the implications of having squandering all your baby bonus on that plasma TV in your living room instead of investing it for a rainy day.

Build a bridge and get over it.

+1, I’m thinking you might have hit the mark here, or very close to it. Bad case of sense of entitlement.

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