BR NS Daycare Wages – CP

BR NS Daycare Wages – CP

by ahnationtalk on June 2, 2016168 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 2, 2016 2:30

HALIFAX – Changes to Nova Scotia’s daycare sector that will see pay hikes for workers who are currently the lowest paid in Canada are getting a mixed review.

As of October early childhood educators will see their pay rise in accordance with their level of training, from an average low of 12 dollars 84 cents an hour to between 15 and 19 dollars an hour.

The Education Department says the pay increases will affect 64 per cent of its level 1 trained workers, 85 per cent of level 2 workers and 82 per cent of level 3 workers.

The remainder are already being paid at the increased levels and will not see a wage hike.

Kelly Goulden, of the Nova Scotia Childcare Association, calls the pay increases “a start.”

Goulden says work will continue to see that veteran workers who already earn the maximum pay levels get increases in the future.

Margot Nickerson, president of CUPE’s largest Halifax-area local representing early childhood educators, says she is disappointed with an increase she likely won’t see as a worker employed with a non-profit daycare.

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(The Canadian Press)

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