Impact union accuses politicians of abandoning childcare issues since the election

Professional childcare workers can earn less than €10 per hour with some staff on part-time contracts coming out with as little as €5,130 a year, a new survey claims.

Delegates at the Impact trade union’s annual conference in Dublin said salary scales for non- teaching staff in early years learning centres were close to minimum wage levels.

According to a survey carried out by the Montessori Alliance, which was set up in 2010 to further the interests of professional childcare, showed 94 per cent of respondents earned less than €15 per hour, with 44 percent of those earning less than €10 per hour.

The national minimum wage is €9.15 per hour

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