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Family daycare workers decry frustrating start to negotiations

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Lévesque, Lia
Publication Date: 
25 Apr 2024


After months of delay, negotiations for the renewal of collective agreements for thousands of family daycare workers in Quebec have finally begun.

However, the largest group of workers, the Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ), says it is dissatisfied with the offer it received from the Quebec government on April 11.


The government used to pay $85 for the mandatory training, but now it does not want to.

She says Quebec also wants to abolish a committee to discuss childcare issues.


Grenon says a daycare with six children, for example, receives an increase equivalent to 12.7 per cent over five years from Quebec, but inflation is higher than that.

Despite this somewhat frustrating start to negotiations, FIPEQ, which represents 8,500 family daycare workers, says it is determined to roll up its sleeves.

Another negotiation meeting is scheduled for May 6, and Grenon says the government seems ready to add more dates.


FIPEQ first submitted its demands in September 2023.

On April 11, 2024, the Quebec government submitted its offer.

It has not yet tabled a proposal for public daycare workers.