Daycare workers reject Quebec’s immediate pay increase offer as strikes continue

The referendum has only symbolic value and does not constitute a formal vote on the government’s offer.

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Quebec daycare workers represented by the Syndicat québécois des Employés de service go on strike for a second day on Tuesday after members voted 95 percent to reject an immediate partial wage increase offer from the provincial government.

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The CSQ-affiliated Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance announced last week that it would hold a referendum on whether to accept the increase, even as contract negotiations continued. The referendum was open to all daycare workers, unionized or not.

On Tuesday, the federation announced that 95 percent of 2,200 workers voted to reject the government’s offer. The referendum has only symbolic value and does not constitute a formal vote.

Meanwhile, workers from the FTQ-affiliated Quebec Service Employees Union embarked on their second consecutive day of strike in Quebec on Tuesday.

Workers affiliated with CSN, CSQ and FTQ have held strikes to seek better wages and working conditions.

Reference-montrealgazette.com

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