Unifor Local 4600 members at Nova Scotia’s Town Daycare ratified a new collective agreement after four days on strike.
The new deal — set to expire on Dec. 31, 2015 — includes a pay increase of one per cent and the commitment that any additional funding secured from the provincial government with respect to wages will be subject to negotiation between the union and the employer.
Negotiations between the two parties lasted for several months, with the union voting to strike after the employer made an offer that included no pay increase.
“We had tremendous support from the parents and the entire community this week on the line and there was firm agreement that the province needs to do more to value these workers,” said Unifor Local 4600 president Susan Gill.
Unifor members at the daycare agreed to work with the employer to review the financial status of the facility moving forward.
“Low pay is not okay and it is past time for this to be addressed,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic regional director.
“The Nova Scotia government is reviewing child-care funding and Unifor will be making a detailed submission to the review process.”
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