Govt must save ABC Learning, says union

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Govt must save ABC Learning, says union

The childcare workers union has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the ABC Learning crisis, to ensure the centres remain open and workers’ entitlements are protected.

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The childcare workers union has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the ABC Learning crisis, to ensure the centres remain open and workers’ entitlements are protected.

ABC Learning went into receivership yesterday, owing the banks about $1 billion.

There is now uncertainty about whether all the childcare centres will remain open, and workers may have lost access to holiday pay and other entitlements.

Uncertainties

Louise Tarrant, national secretary of the LHMU, said the appointment of an Administrator heightens uncertainties surrounding the continued operation of the business.

‘ABC childcare centres are essential infrastructure for the Australian economy, yet conflicting reports are circulating throughout the country about who is in charge,’ Tarrant said.

‘The 12,000 ABC childcare workers are absolutely essential to the continued provision of that infrastructure.'

‘The Australian Government needs to take the lead — to be the protector of ABC workers and the 100,000 children at the 1135 centres across the country.’

Need for round-table conference

Tarrant said the union has called on Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to hold an urgent round-table conference with all stakeholders on the way forward for ABC.

‘The Government, the Receivers, the Administrator and the LHMU all need to get together to resolve short- and long-term issues about the continued operation of these centres,’ she said.

‘We’re especially concerned about what is happening to ABC workers, about their future employment and the protection of their entitlements.'

‘As the holiday season approaches, ABC workers must be able to access their entitlements so that they can take leave and look after their own children.’

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