Outaouais home daycare strike to affect 3K children today

A rotating strike of Quebec home daycare workers is hitting the Outaouais today and is expected to affect about 3,000 children.

500 Outaouais home daycare workers taking part in rotating provincial strikes

About 3,000 children are expected to be affected by Tuesday's strike of home daycare workers in the Outaouais. (The Associated Press file photo)

A rotating strike of Quebec home daycare workers is hitting the Outaouais today.

The union representing daycare workers said 500 home-based daycare workers in the Outaouais are on strike, affecting nearly 3,000 children.

Last week, more than 4,000 people walked of the job in Rosemere, Trois-Rivieres and St-Jerome.

Contract negotiations with the provincial government have stalled, the union said. They want a five-per-cent salary increase and the government is offering a 0.5-per-cent increase.

The union said its members work about 50 hours a week on average, but that the government only recognizes 35 hours a week.

The strike mainly involves home-based daycare workers who don't work in daycare centres and aren't nannies.