Sunday, 30 November 2014

Theme Day - People in their Workplace

Keiko works in a child-care centre in Crows Nest, a suburb of Sydney. On Saturday the children, and their carers, entertained family members, before retiring to a jolly good pre-Christmas feast with Santa AND a jumping castle!

The "Snapdragon" class of 5 year olds performed their interpretation of Mem Fox's "Where is the Green Sheep?" Individual children recited their line, and Keiko gestured for the entire ensemble to join in with the chorus.

Here is the blue sheep
and here is the red sheep.

Here is the bath sheep
and here is the bed sheep.

But where is the green sheep?

There are two categories of workers in Australia, who receive neither the respect nor the remuneration that their position deserves. There are probably more, but the disrespect afforded these two classes of workers are particular carbuncles upon our society. They are child-care workers, and aged-care workers. Interesting comment upon our values, methinks.

We entrust them with our children, and we entrust them with our parents. They listen to their halting speech, patch their knee when they have a tumble, wipe their bottom when they have an accident. They try to make sense of their ego-centric, imaginative, concocted take on the world. Where black is white, and his is mine.

Yet we pay them peanuts. A Child-Care Assistant receives about $35,000 pa. An Aged-Care Assistant receives about $34,000 pa. The National Minimum Wage in Australia is currently $33,400 pa. The average full-time wage in Australia is $74,724 pa.

Visit the contribution of other City Daily Photo members to the Theme-Day, "People in their Workplace".

16 comments:

Jim said...

I especially like that last shot.

Dina said...

Wonderful and unusual photos, Julie.
I quite agree with you, it's just not right. Glad you backed up your feelings by telling the wages.

William Kendall said...

You'd think someone caring for the next generation would be valued more. Excellent choice, Julie.

Joe said...

What a wonderful way to spend a few hours.

mumbaiiteanu said...

She's very sweet.
nice fun pics.
Surely deserves better.

VP said...

Lovely pictures of great people at work!

Birdman said...

Julie, I'm with you there on disrespected workers. I'm sure there are more.

EG CameraGirl said...

Fun photos and you are so correct that we don't have our priorities right!

Peter van den Besselaar said...

I especially like the first shot.It has something mysterious!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Wonderful and moving tribute to these "forgotten" workers.

LOLfromPasa said...

Where would be without workers like these. Enjoyed reading and seeing your photos.

cieldequimper said...

Wow. Superb!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like the middle shot ... has me right into the story ... I love stories, including your commentary.

Julie said...

Yes, my commentary is my usual angst about what is wrong with society, Joan. Grumpy old woman syndrome ...

José Mendonça said...

Love the top photo! Well done, Julie.

RedPat said...

Good post, Julie. We have support workers from the government for my dad and although they make more than the minimum wage it still isn't as much as they deserve.