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Hundreds of Quebec daycares closed by strike

Key Takeaway:

  • Roughly 400 public daycare centers across Quebec are closed as of today after talks hit an impasse and employees with one of the unions declared a general strike.
  • One union said public daycare employees pointed out that similar jobs are paid between 20 percent and 35 percent more in schools and the public sector.

Roughly 400 public daycare centers across Quebec are closed as of today after talks hit an impasse and employees with one of the unions declared a general strike.

About 10,000 daycare employees affiliated with the Confederation of National Trade Unions are taking part in the strike.

 While Quebec is providing a salary increase of 20 percent over three years for educators, support staff, including those working in maintenance, offered kitchen and administration raises of up to nine percent over three years.

One union said public daycare employees pointed out that similar jobs are paid between 20 percent and 35 percent more in schools and the public sector.

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In a radio meeting today, Treasury Board President LeBel acknowledged that daycare support staff do not earn as much as others in the public sector. Still, she said that is because their responsibilities and the work setting are varied.

Talking to reporters, Premier Francois Legault ruled out back-to-work legislation “for the moment.” 

Source-CTV News

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