It’s been a hectic few days for the “Big Steps” campaign with some really exciting developments. The Prime Minister held a summit with unions and child care staff to discuss the major problems affecting the industry. This was a direct result of the findings of a United Voice survey just days before the last minute meeting was called, which highlighted the cost of child care fees had jumped by over 11% in one year.
Julia Gillard had a busy morning on the day of the summit as she visited the headquarters of online site “Mamamia” where she was faced with hundreds of questions from concerned parents and educators. The response was phenomenal and proved an excellent opportunity for people to put their views to the Prime Minister. To view the comments, some of which were left by our members visit: http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/prime-minister-julia-gillard-at-mamamia-your-child-care-questions/
Following the crunch summit, the Prime Minister announced her commitment to solving the crisis in child care by addressing three key issues namely quality assurance, rising fees and low wages. She said she would work on the ideas from the summit over the next few months with the main focus on affordability, quality and staff turnover. United Voice welcomed the outcome of the discussions however did call on the Government to ensure these changes happen sooner rather than later. Queensland Secretary Gary Bullock said “We are delighted Julia Gillard has heard our message and is prepared to act to make real changes to this ailing sector”. He also said he will ensure the pressure is kept on the Government to make certain this promise becomes a reality.