CHILDCARE TEACHERS GREETED PARENTS AS THEY ARRIVED TO LEAVE CHILDREN IN THEIR CARE WITH A "What if We Want on Strike" THREAT TO BRING ATTENTION TO THEIR CLAIMS FOR BETTER WAGES AND WORK CONDITIONS.
Nova Scotia. May 2012 - Many parents arrived at their licensed childcare centre in Nova Scotia on May 1 and found the staff were on “virtual” strike.
Members of the Nova Scotia Child Care Association (NSCCA) staged a virtual strike by greeting parents with a hypothetical "what if your childcare centre went on strike" scenario. It is hoped that this event, which occurred on Worthy Wage Day, has made communities across Nova Scotia more aware of the importance of early learning and childcare and that now is the time to invest in Nova Scotia's future.
Worthy Wage Day is an international event which occurs each May 1 to raise public awareness and recognition of the role Early Childhood Education Professionals have in educating children during the most crucial developmental stage of life. This year, NSCCA encouraged all childcare centres in Nova Scotia to participate in a virtual strike to mark the occasion.
NSCCA has participated in Worthy Wage Day for the past three years. It wants to bring attention to the importance of childcare centres and the need to improve wages, benefits, professional development opportunities and working conditions for early childhood educators, it said.