Date: 26 April 2012
Publicly-funded childcare is the key to making work pay for
parents, says UNISON
Launch of UNISON Scotland education manifesto for local
Universal childcare will help children achieve their full potential
as well as make work pay for parents, says UNISON.
Launching the union’s education manifesto for May’s
local election today (Thursday), Carol Ball, a child development
officer in Glasgow and chair of UNISON’s Education Issues
Group, said publicly-funded childcare is vital.
Carol Ball said: “Becoming a mother is one of the most
important factors in explaining gender inequality in the labour
market, as the high cost of childcare is a major barrier to
work for many women.
“We need sufficient publicly-funded centres for children,
from birth to compulsory school age, staffed by qualified early
education and care workers. This would not only help women back
into work, but it would provide a massive boost to the economy
and help families lift themselves out of poverty.
“However, we need to make sure that work pays for those
who deliver the service as well as those who use it, and publicly-funded
childcare is the best way to ensure this happens.”
Mike Kirby, UNISON’s Scottish Secretary, said: “Parents
have very little choice when it comes to childcare and nursery
classes rarely coincide with the working time of part-time workers
– particularly those who work shifts or irregular hours.
“The only way to end this inequality and ensure the best
care for our children is to introduce affordable, universal
childcare that is funded by the local authority and available
Thre manifesto is at http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks/educationmanifesto.pdf