Childcare owner-managers should have access to Wage Subsidy Scheme

Owner-managers in childcare services should be treated as employees under the Wage Subsidy Scheme, which is administered by the Revenue Commissioners, according to SIPTU representatives.

The Covid-19 emergency has resulted in approximately 4,500 childcare services closing with 25,000 staff laid off.

SIPTU Head of Organising, Darragh O’Connor, said: “Owner managers working on the ground can currently only access the €350 per week Pandemic Unemployment Payment which contrasts with a directly employed manager who can avail of a wage subsidy of up to €585 per week. Our members believe that the contribution of these managers to this vital public service should be fairly recognised.”

He added: “The crisis has also made clear the inadequacy of the current childcare funding model. We need a new funding model which recognises the contribution of staff and owner managers by ensuring them decent wages while providing an affordable service for parents and high-quality outcomes for children.”

Source: SIPTU

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