Child and youth welfare: Koko calls for immediate measures
In child and youth welfare, the crisis contact point KOKO increases the pressure on politics. The staff blues accordingly. KOKO calls for the salary adjustments to be implemented more quickly than announced. The aim is to keep employees or attract new ones. The inflation is also a challenge for the ongoing operation of the crisis centers.
It was not until the beginning of August that the Austria-wide umbrella organization for child and youth welfare pointed out the shortage of staff and emphasized that the shortage of staff endangered operations in the crisis centers in Salzburg. Currently, services can only be filled several times at the expense of existing employees and employees.
Social department will achieve a higher KV classification
The country announced that it wanted to take countermeasures with a package of measures. Social officer and deputy governor Heinrich Schellhorn (Die Grünen) assured the child and youth welfare service in June that he WILL support the 2023 budget consultations of the state of Salzburg and the association of municipalities for the appointment of social workers to a higher service group.
KOKO: “It now needs an OK for higher wages”
The managing director of the crisis center for children and young people KO KO, Eva Goetz, welcomed this, but says that clear political approval is now needed at the moment. The Schellhorn office points out that there is a total of more than two million euros that must be taken into account in the budget. A salary increase was also part of the collective agreements, but the working group for this will not take place until spring and can therefore only be taken into account for the next budget.
Jobs: Higher operating costs, more expensive groceries
Goetz also criticizes the fact that the rise in prices is hitting the crisis centers of child and youth welfare. KOKO manages facilities in 30 properties – for some, the rent has already been increased several times in recent years. The rent increases were around ten percent on average, and there are now dramatically increasing operating and energy costs, including food costs of up to 30 percent. However, these additional costs are not taken into account in the funding, according to Götz. From the office of social officer Schellhorn, it is said that you first have to negotiate how these can be covered when the budget is drawn up in autumn.