Early Childhood Educators rallied at Halifax's Grand Parade on Thursday, calling for action from the provincial government on wages and other issues facing workers in the sector.
Elizabeth Conrad, an ECE of 35 years, says workers have been waiting for an updated compensation package since Nova Scotia signed on to the Canada-wide childcare agreement.
"The provincial government can move with record speed when it came to putting ventilation in schools to keep schools open," Conrad offered. "And I don't understand why, if the federal government has allocated the funds for the wage compensation package, why that cannot be allocated to the ECEs."
Conrad says the province has told workers the wage package is coming, but 'complexities' are slowing the process.
"They have yet to identify what the complexities actually are, and maybe if they do we could help them solve the problem." she said. "As ECEs continue to leave the job, the system will collapse, and then what will they do?"
The province has previously said the wage package would be ready by this fall.