Planned childcare strike for Friday suspended in goodwill gesture ahead of talks with minister

Childcare workers have canceled a planned protest due to take place tomorrow, with the “understanding” that their concerns will be taken into account.

Earlier this month, hundreds of daycare centers closed their doors for a day as their owners and some customers took part in a nationwide demonstration against what they described as insufficient funding and government policies that could see them closed permanently.

Demonstrators rallied to protest Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman’s €221 million core funding scheme.

The association claims the new model will result in smaller independent childcare providers losing the higher per capita and support payments and making their services “completely unprofitable”.

At the time Secretary O’Gorman called the protests “unjustified” and argued that there had been a “massive increase” in funding for the sector.

Mr O’Gorman also confirmed he would be holding further meetings with the association but urged them to “withdraw the threat of the second day of closure”, describing it as “unfair to the parents, it’s unfair to the children involved”. .

But the Federation of Early Childhood Providers (FECP) said rising costs due to inflation and rising energy bills combined with the funding model are threatening the viability of hundreds of independent nurseries across the country, and warned a series of ongoing closures as protests arose the map.

The second of those protests was due to take place on Friday but has now been suspended.

The FECP said it was withdrawing the day of action “on the basis of goodwill”, adding that further protests would be held if a proposed meeting with the minister was “not constructive”.

“The second of two closures of the Early Years Sector scheduled this week, on Friday 25 November, will not now take place,” said a spokesman for the association.

“Based on goodwill and an understanding that the Minister’s Office stands ready to work together to address the very real and troubling concerns of our members, the FECP has agreed to postpone the proposed closure of the Early Years section.

“If the proposed meeting with the minister is not constructive, we have no choice but to proceed with future closures.”

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