The Quebec government says it will immediately raise the wages of daycare workers, despite ongoing contract negotiations that have led to strikes across the province.
Families Minister Mathieu Lacombe and Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel made the announcement Thursday as unionized daycare workers continued their strike.
Lacombe and LeBel are recognizing that early childhood educators are underpaid and low wages hamper efforts to retain and hire workers.
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They say the government will immediately pay for the 12 percent three-year wage increase it offered in July to qualified educators, while other daycare workers will receive slightly less.
The pay increase can be as high as 17 percent through a lump sum payment for skilled workers who want to increase their workweek to 40 hours.
Wages are at the center of the contract dispute, as public sector daycare workers earn $ 19 per hour at the beginning of their careers and peak at $ 25.18 per hour after 10 years.
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