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Title: Junior pay, senior responsibilities: The experiences of junior child care workers
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: The child care industry has provision in awards for junior wages. Juniors aged between 14 and 16 years receive 50 per cent of the minimum adult wage, and this increases until the adult wage is received at age 21. However, regulations do not special responsibilities for junior workers. This study indicates there are many occasions when junior workers are required to undertake the same responsibilities as adult workers. This is of concern as the International Labour Organisation suggests that the principle of 'equal pay for equal work' is of importance. This study documents examples of junior workers required to work extra hours without pay, or to remain unpaid on the premises until numbers necessitate their presence. Junior workers appear more open to this type of exploitation as they tend not to question such requirements, nor to fight for their rights. If the child care industry is to retain junior wages, it needs to take responsibility for meeting the special needs of junior staff.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 27(3), p. 7-11
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia Inc
Place of Publication: Watson, Australia
ISSN: 0312-5033
Field of Research (FOR): 111707 Family Care
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 910208 Micro Labour Market Issues
910504 Service Industries Standards and Calibrations
940104 Carers Development and Welfare
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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