Protecting Salaries of Frontline Teachers and Health Workers

UNICEF Policy and Practice Working Paper

6 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2011

See all articles by Isabel Ortiz

Isabel Ortiz

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO); Initiative for Policy Dialogue

Jingqing Chai

UNICEF

Xavier R. Sire

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 15, 2010

Abstract

Public service providers, especially frontline school teachers and health workers at local levels, are crucial to positive outcomes for children. Low pay is a key factor behind staff absenteeism, informal fees and brain drain. In past crises, pay levels for teachers and health workers have fallen in real terms, adversely impacting children in poverty areas. Similarly, during the current crisis, initial evidence suggests that real pay levels are falling. Comparing salaries of primary teachers and nurses in over twenty countries reveals that in 2009 many were near the poverty line. Further, a desk review of recent IMF reports reveals that most countries are advised to cap or cut wage bills in 2009-11. Actions are needed to protect pay levels of frontline workers in social services, who are vital to achieving the MDGs and ensuring recovery with a human face.

Suggested Citation

Ortiz, Isabel and Chai, Jingqing and Sire, Xavier R., Protecting Salaries of Frontline Teachers and Health Workers (April 15, 2010). UNICEF Policy and Practice Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1745486

Isabel Ortiz

United Nations - International Labour Organization (ILO) ( email )

ILO HQ, Route des Morillons 4
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HOME PAGE: http://www.ilo.org/

Initiative for Policy Dialogue ( email )

Columbia University
New York, NY
United States

HOME PAGE: http://policydialogue.org/programs/taskforces/global_social_justice/

Jingqing Chai (Contact Author)

UNICEF ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
New York, NY
United States

Xavier R. Sire

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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