If schools remain closed for longer, 83 percent of working parents will face problems or even serious problems in combining work, childcare and home education. This reports trade union FNV on the basis of a poll of more than 1250 members and non-members.
The problems are already foreseen if the closure of schools and reception lasts longer than until 19 January. “We see working parents walking on their gums and falling out,” says driver Judy Hoffer of the FNV.
On Saturday it was announced that the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) advises the government to keep primary schools and childcare closed after 25 January. This is because of concerns about the highly contagious British variant of the coronavirus. The Cabinet previously announced an extension of the lockdown until 9 February, but hoped that primary schools could be opened earlier. The negative opinion of the OMT is likely to be taken over by the Cabinet.
Combination work, childcare and home education is very heavy
Of the respondents, 74 percent consider the combination of work, reception and home education to be heavy to very heavy. Although the majority of respondents (54 percent) say that home education is better in order now, 63 percent spend more time on home education than last year. 41% spend 2 to 4 hours a day in addition to their work. About 33 percent say they are spent up to 2 hours per day on counseling, more than 20 percent 4 to 6 hours and 6 percent 6 hours or more per day.
FNV advocates a corona leave, or paid leave for working parents. In order to pay for that, employers would have to be compensated by the government. Earlier this week, trade unions wrote a letter about this to Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment.
On social media, worries are also expressed by working parents who get in the shitload, although others advocate the retention of schools.