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Union Criticises Proposed Hike in Day Care Costs

The Association of Kindergarten Teachers in Finland has criticised the government's proposal to increase day care fees. The trade union argues that the planned hike will undermine the position of families with children, and weaken children's rights to public day care. Members of the union say that the proposal could result in parents who earn less than average salaries having to pay the most for day care. The cabinet's proposal favours those with low salaries and single-parent families. Meanwhile, day care costs for middle and high income families would increase. The hike in day care costs would affect 40 percent of families, and is scheduled to occur in early August. YLE

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