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Just as Important as Doctors

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The daycare workers’ strike ended on Thursday, following agreements between the treasury and the organizations operating the centers. The agreements consist of reconsidering the centers’ tuition, which hasn’t been updated since 2012, and allocating sums for one-time grants for the workers, or for a minor raise in their wages.

With the constant Iran babble and the ongoing coronavirus clatter, the strike is seen as too esoteric to be newsworthy. Apart from the modest protest of parents who were directly hurt by the strike – it didn’t interest anyone.

Every day some 120,000 infants and toddlers are handed over to the supervision of daycare centers in Israel to enable parents, mainly mothers, to go to work (the strike impacted only about 60,000 children, as not all the organizations operating the centers joined it).

The children are taken care of by women who mostly come from the weaker social strata, often from a disadvantaged background, and most of them have no training at all. Their wages were about 30........

© Haaretz

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