The Abbott government has asked Australian childcare workers to “do the right thing” and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve their wages.
Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said that it was “disappointing” that childcare workers had been forced by the previous Labor government to sign contracts giving them a pay increase of $3 to $6 per hour.
Ms Ley said that the money would be better spent on educating childcare workers how to live on a low income and training them how to supervise more children at once.
Although existing contracts will be honoured, the Coalition government has urged childcare workers to think about someone other than themselves for once and give the pay increase back.
Ms Ley also encouraged childcare workers to “do the right thing” by Australia and buy a Holden motor vehicle.
“Holden is an iconic Aussie brand that is going to the wall due to a lack of support from everyday Australians. I would hope that childcare workers would get behind Holden and buy one of their wonderful cars. On finance, if need be.”
Ms Ley also encouraged childcare workers to fly Qantas more often.
“Qantas is the Holden of our skies. Qantas lost $300 million last financial year, in part because childcare workers have been refusing to fly with their national airline. This has got to change.”
Ms Ley highlighted the sacrifice that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce had already made for Australia this week by taking a salary cut.
“If Alan Joyce can have his pay cut by more than $1 million, a childcare worker can surely cope with missing out on an extra $3 to $6 per hour.”
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