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If Your Kid Is In Childcare Today You Need To Read This

Thousands of childcare workers across Australia will walk off the job at 3.20pm, the time they say they start working for free because of low wages.

The national action on Thursday is expected to be the biggest sector walk-off in Australian history, and is the second this year after a protest in March failed to influence the federal budget.

United Voice assistant national secretary Helen Gibbons said early childhood educators earned $21 per hour despite required qualifications to work in the sector.

She said about 180 people left the industry each week as they could no longer afford the cost of living, and low wages stemmed from the job being seen as women's work, done for the love of it.

"Prime minister, love does not pay the bills, it does not pay your mortgage or your energy bills," she said.

United Voice says parents have been notified if their childcare centre will close early on Thursday afternoon.

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