The Early Years staffing crisis is getting worse and the only solution is better pay.

SIPTU members have delivered this message to government Ministers and TD’s throughout August.

There can be no more excuses, Budget 2022 must deliver funding for a pay deal.

Staffing Crisis

Services are struggling to recruit and retain…

21st June 2021

Today Early Years Educators took a big step towards professional pay and conditions.

Minister Damien English established a Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for the Early Years Sector.

This means that union members can now negotiate better pay and conditions with employers, just like teachers and nurses.


SIPTU representatives have today raised the serious concerns of Early Years Educators over the Government’s new vaccination schedule at a high level meeting with the Minister of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

SIPTU Head of Strategic Organising and Campaigning, Darragh O’Connor, said: “Early Years Educators have stood up the…

High quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services enhance children’s holistic development (including educational outcomes), support families, promote social inclusion, reduce child poverty and enhance future employability. Affordable services facilitate workforce participation for parents; particularly for women.

Despite these benefits and significant increases in investment, Ireland spends just 0.2%…

1. The OECD has only recently begun publishing ‘teacher’ salaries at pre-primary level. It is available here.

2. There are a number of caveats in this data:

· The salaries are expressed in US $ purchasing power parities

· The salaries are based on ‘public institutions’. These are no directly…

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