The people in charge of a family daycare (RSG) in Brossard, Longueuil, Saint-Hyacinthe and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu closed their doors on Tuesday; a “means of ultimate pressure” in the context of a rotating strike that will affect all regions of Quebec until September 18. They demonstrate in front of the office of the Minister of the Status of Women Isabelle Charest.
“It is certainly not with a smile that the home childcare providers are going on a 24-hour strike when parents in our region need their services. However, they are united and understand that these working conditions are unacceptable, ”said Annette Herbeuval, president of the Central Council of Montérégie – CSN. This profession is practiced mainly by women, who are maintained in precarious conditions. That is why they came today to speak to the Minister of the Status of Women. ”
Home childcare providers work around fifty hours per week, but are in fact paid for 35 hours per week … for an average salary of $ 27,000 per year after having covered all expenses, according to the Central Council of Montérégie – CSN.
At the initiative of the CSN, a conciliator will attempt to resume negotiations with the Government of Quebec. According to the union, certain statements from their government counterparts “have suggested contempt for our legitimate demands”.
“When we are told that we entertain the children in our homes and that we work less hard at certain times because they are not all there at the same time, it is insulting and degrading” protests Karine Morriseau, representative of the HCP sector of the FSSS – CSN.
The Legault government must admit that home childcare providers are early childhood professionals, that they are essential and that they deserve a fair salary. ”
In the Longueuil region, the rotating strike affected home childcare providers on September 18.