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The nation’s struggling early educators have today been urged to put things into perspective.
With the cost of living crisis spiraling out of control, poorly paid workers in the childcare sector have been told by their bosses and the rest of the nation to look at the bright side of life.
“How many people get to play with cute kids all day?” said the owner of Cuddly Kids Made Smart, a childcare chain with 14 different centres that all pay their staff the very bare minimum of $24 an hour.
“So rather than think about getting paid fuck all for a job that pretty much requires a degree a now, why don’t they look at the positives,” explained the owner who has a net worth well in excess of the government’s $21 million spicy cough app and hasn’t been on the tools for 10 years.
“We can’t all get paid a liveable wage in an environment where it costs 4 dollars to buy a capsicum.”
“That’s just the reality of the world we live in,” said the resident of a country where nearly 75% of all centres are privately run with little to no accountability about where the huge amount of money from parents and the government actually goes, given the staff certainly aren’t running off with it.
His comments come as workers in the childcare sector continue to plead with the powers at be to increase their wages, as many qualified employees exit the industry.
Large numbers are departing the sector, citing the concerns around staffing, conditions, and pay that doesn’t equate to needing a diploma or bachelor’s degree.
However, as the owner we spoke to and blokes who get paid huge amounts of money and can afford to palm their kids off for subsidized childcare say, think about getting to play with adorable little kids every day.
“What more could you want than that,” explained one corporate lawyer who spends less than 2 hours a week with his adorable kids.
“Get to play with kids all day,” he said, either ignoring or completely unaware of the tantrums, smeared shit, fights, and medical issues that are the daily occurrence in the day of a toddler.
“I’d trade that lifestyle for slaving away and make 200k a year.”
We contacted numerous employees in the sector, but all were running around understaffed centres and didn’t have time to talk for some reason.
More to come.