The staffing crisis is a low pay crisis

SIPTU Big Start
2 min readAug 27, 2021


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.

SIPTU activist Timms Crotty-Quinlan presents Minister Michael McGrath with the ‘New Deal for Early Years’ pre budget submission.

Staffing Crisis

Services are struggling to recruit and retain staff because educators cannot afford to live on such low wages.

This is forcing services to close rooms and or even close all together.

The staffing crisis is a low pay crisis.

If government doesn’t step up, educators will keep leaving their profession for jobs as SNA’s or in retail just so that they can pay the bills.

That’s why Budget 2022 must deliver funding for our first pay deal.

Pay Talks

Pay talks can start after Budget 2022 is announced this October.

Government have set up a system for Early Years educators and employers to negotiate a pay deal, a key SIPTU demand.

The Minister for Children has also said that “more favourable wages and working conditions are necessary to attract and retain qualified staff. The Government is committed to supporting this through the Joint Labour Committee (JLC)”.

The JLC is where the pay talks happen.

The stage is set, now all we need is the funding.

Take Action

You can take a small action today by signing and sharing the Early Years petition for increased investment. Over 7,000 people have already signed it, let’s push for 10,000!

By stand together we can make Early Years a priority for government in Budget 2022.

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