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Child care services: Two NB feminist organisations want more information

2017-12-01

MONCTON, December 4, 2017 – The Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick (RFNB) and the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity are happy to see the government's continued effort to increase child care services’ affordability, accessibility and quality. Both organizations remind the government that transitioning towards a non-profit system was one of the main recommendations made by the New Brunswick Child Care Sector Task Force.

“We wish to emphasize the importance of transitioning toward a system of non-profit certified child care services, publicly funded to ensure access to quality services. We need a real social project, based on a universal system which respects linguistic duality and contributes to gender equality,” says Nelly Dennene, Executive Director of the RFNB.

Johanne Perron, Executive Director for the NB Coalition for Pay Equity, sees positively the announcement of investments in the child care educators’ wages while keeping pay equity in mind.

“We have known for a long time that child care educators are underpaid compared to the value of their work. We still don’t have information on the level of wages expected after this new investment. However, we remind the government that it should aim for pay equity, as recommended by the Child Care Sector Task Force,” states Johanne Perron.

In 2015, trained child care educators earned $16.16 an hour, and those without training earned $14.11. A study by economist Ruth Rose had shown that these wages should have been $19.97 and $17.33 to reach pay equity in 2012.

A public child care system would help to reduce poverty, would facilitate work-family balance, allow better social integration as well as more equal opportunities while contributing to children development and wellbeing.

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Information:
Nelly Dennene, Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, 381-2255
Johanne Perron, New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, 850-6963

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