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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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58 Responses to
Childcare Costs to skyrocket!
jackal 4:06 pm 25 Feb 10

Most of the points I would have made already have been by other posters so I’ll just add this: portable long service already exists in other highly transient industries, such as cleaning, and the sky has fallen yet. And to reiterate, child care operators are already required to put long service payments into a fund. If some aren’t doing that then they’re in the wrong. I’ve got a son in childcare and I want the best workers possible there, and if it costs me a few extra bucks a day (which there is no evidence that it will), I’m more than happy to pay.

caf 3:33 pm 25 Feb 10

The employers should *already* be putting aside that money for long service leave – now they’ll just have to send it to the authority to look after. If the employers weren’t doing that before, then it seems to me that they were cheating their workers.

Spectra 3:22 pm 25 Feb 10

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?”.

MrMagoo 3:20 pm 25 Feb 10

I wanted to launch a tirade at Canberramum but everyone has covered the ground well enough. Canberramum my only advice is to ‘suck it up princess’.

shanefos 12:38 pm 25 Feb 10

Wow, Canberramum! You don’t happen to work for the Daily Telegraph or A Current Affair, do you? Nothing like a sensationalised headline to suck in the punters. Or was the exclamation mark at the end of your heading actually meant to have been a question mark?

jmac123 12:24 pm 25 Feb 10

Well I’m glad childcare workers are finally getting some kind of pay and conditions benefit. They are still underpaid while owners of the centre reap the rewards. If this keeps workers in the industry its a great thing in the long run for our children’s education.

If your prices go up, complain to the owners for being greedy, because I can bet they can afford to pay the levy without putting the prices up.

Jim Jones 12:20 pm 25 Feb 10

amarooresident2 said :

God forbid low paid workers get a benefit. Especially in an industry that has historically had trouble recruiting and retaining staff. If portable long service leave encourages people to stay in the industry then perhaps that might be a good thing for them and your little darlings.

+1

Mathman 12:20 pm 25 Feb 10

Did you know that Australia and New Zealand are the only countries that have long service leave. The original entitlement of 13 weeks after 15 years was intended to give immigrants time to return home to Europe (6 weeks each way by sea) to visit their family.

The new portable long service leave scheme applies to most organisations in the social services sector.

Gungahlin Al 12:07 pm 25 Feb 10

amarooresident2 said :

God forbid low paid workers get a benefit. Especially in an industry that has historically had trouble recruiting and retaining staff. If portable long service leave encourages people to stay in the industry then perhaps that might be a good thing for them and your little darlings.

+1

Childcare workers have the future of our kids in their hands and they get paid crap wages that most of us wouldn’t get out of bed for.

The skyrocketing childcare costs have more to do with unreasonable profit margins of the operators than staff wages.

And here in Canberra it has more to do with the simple fact that the operators know they can get away with charging far more than elsewhere because Canberra people put up with being fleeced at every turn. Even Stanhope yesterday was saying it’s OK for our housing affordability to be almost as bad as Sydney “because we get paid more”.

colourful sydney rac 11:54 am 25 Feb 10

Hmmmmn, you are aware that childcare operators are already required to put money away for accrued long service leave? It will not add to the cost of child care unless the company is not budgeting for leave accruals.

Nice rant though.

DawnDrifter 11:51 am 25 Feb 10

My wife works in the child care industry and you would choke on your lunch if i told you how much they get paid for the work they do. all they are getting is one one extra benifit(if you make it to your long service entitlement) to add to their 3rd world pay.
I understand your complaint but dont blame the entitlement the employee is getting. they get paid sh*thouse, they work harder then a lot of other jobs. the centers you place your children charge like wounded bulls and they have the incentive to keep cranking up the prices because part of it is offset by government rebates

troll-sniffer 11:48 am 25 Feb 10

OMG WTF A luxury enjoyed by the vast majority of ACT workers is to be granted to those lowly 21st century equivalents of the scullery maids. Shock horror. How dare these workers, only put on the planet to serve the demands of career public servant mums who as APS6’s and EL1s shouldn’t have to put up with other people getting a benefit of the workplace.

Get real Canberramum.

Thumper 11:48 am 25 Feb 10

I would suspect that portable or transferable long service leave would be a disadvantage if one wished to get a new job. After all, if you were a private employer and you interviewed someone with 3 months long service leave you may be tempted not to employ them as you might have to fork out the cash.

amarooresident2 11:05 am 25 Feb 10

God forbid low paid workers get a benefit. Especially in an industry that has historically had trouble recruiting and retaining staff. If portable long service leave encourages people to stay in the industry then perhaps that might be a good thing for them and your little darlings.

JessP 11:02 am 25 Feb 10

More of the Government improving Child Care for ‘Australian Families’…….

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