Thousands of childcare workers, educators, parents and supporters are set to gather in Dublin on 5th February to protest about high childcare costs and low pay in the sector. The march, organised by the Early Years Alliance, takes place from 11:30 am on Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
The organisers say over 60% of Ireland’s early years educators earn less than the living wage, despite being qualified.
Fórsa is supporting the Siptu-organised protest to demand greater Government investment to reduce increased costs to parents, increase pay, and support sustainability for childcare professionals.
Ireland currently dedicates just 0.2% of GDP to early childhood education and care (ECEC) – just a quarter of the EU average of 0.8%.
Fórsa is encouraging members who can to participate in the demonstration and show support for childcare professionals. If you can’t be there, you can show support through social media.
The growing cost of childcare in Ireland is a rampant problem for working people, and childcare professionals still continue to suffer from poor pay and working conditions despite their imperative role in today’s society.
Fórsa highlighted the issue in its general election campaign by questioning the main parties on whether they would support publicly-provided and publicly-funded affordable childcare for working people.