Sun Sep 06 2020
Membership Organisation TUC releases worrying survey results
A poll by the TUC (Trades Union Congress) of their members conducted throughout August has revealed that 2 out of 5 moms (41%), with children under 10, either can’t get, or are concerned they wont be able to get, enough childcare this September to cover all their hours after coming back off furlough.
As a result, the TUC is calling on the Government for additional support for parents with children as well as a cash boost into the childcare sector.
Due to difficulties arising from the COVID pandemic, the poll found that many people were struggling to get back into the positions they were before the crisis.
The survey also revealed that many had had to reduce their hours to accommodate childcare whilst schools were closed but were now worried how they might be viewed by their employers:
Women workers have borne the brunt of this crisis – both on the frontline and at home. Mums have picked up the majority of childcare while nurseries and schools have been closed. And many have sacrificed hours and pay to do so – especially those in low-paid jobs who can least afford the financial hit. But this can’t go on.
If we don’t take this childcare crisis seriously women will be pushed out of the workforce, turning the clock back on decades of labour market progress. Childcare providers desperately need new government cash to stay open. And we need an extension to the job retention scheme for mums and dads who can’t return to work because of childcare responsibilities.
Responding to the results of the survey, the TUC is calling on the Government to help it’s members (and the wider sector as a whole) by:
Sun Sep 06 2020