21/01/2010 - 14:49

Childcare workers plan IR complaint

21/01/2010 - 14:49

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Childcare workers at an operator with three centres in Perth who have not been paid on time are planning to lodge an official complaint with the Industrial Relations Commission against their employer.

Childcare workers at an operator with three centres in Perth who have not been paid on time are planning to lodge an official complaint with the Industrial Relations Commission against their employer.

The childcare union - LHMU - received eight complaints from members about the issue between 21 December and 4 January alone.

LHMU believes around 19 DayCare Australia employees have suffered late payment of their wages at some point in the last 12 months.

LHMU secretary Dave Kelly said it was appalling that these childcare professionals have been suffering from these late wage payments for more than a year.

"They are all owed at least a week's worth of pay which, when you are as low paid as these employees, has huge implications for their ability just to keep a roof over their heads," he said in a statement.

"The calls we received over Christmas period were from worried staff who simply couldn't afford the festive season because of what had happened to their wages."

Merryl Sykes, the managing director of DayCare Australia, has refused to answer or return the phone calls of union officials.

 

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Childcare workers not paid on time amid worries for future of day care centres

Childcare workers at an operator with three centres in Perth who have not been paid on time are planning to lodge an official complaint with the Industrial Relations Commission against their employer.

It is believed that around 19 DayCare Australia employees have suffered late payment of their wages at some point in the last 12 months.

The childcare union - LHMU - received eight complaints from members about the issue between 21 December and 4 January alone.

Dave Kelly, secretary of the LHMU said: "It is appalling that these childcare professionals have been suffering from these late wage payments for more than a year.

"They are all owed at least a week's worth of pay which, when you are as low paid as these employees, has huge implications for their ability just to keep a roof over their heads.

"The calls we received over Christmas period were from worried staff who simply couldn't afford the festive season because of what had happened to their wages."

Merryl Sykes, the managing director of DayCare Australia, has refused to answer or return the phone calls of union officials. The office phone has also been disconnected and there are rumours that the Bannister Road and Broadview centres are for sale.

"Staff have told us that a number of excuses about the late payments have been trotted out including that parents have not paid their fees, and that there have been banking issues," added Ms Shay.

"But this is simply not good enough. Ms Sykes needs to put her house in order and pay these professionals on time and in full."

 

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