The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has notified school districts it will continue rotating strikes around the province this week, as negotiations continue to settle their long-running dispute over pay and staffing levels.
BCTF president Jim Iker notified the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association in a letter Wednesday (May 29) afternoon.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender reiterated the BCPSEA’s latest offer of a $1,200 signing bonus and a six-year contract term, but indicated the union needs to modify its demands and stop strike action.
“I’m profoundly disappointed that while we’re still at the table, with all of the talk that’s been going on, that children and parents and communities are continuing to be held hostage and put in the middle of this dispute,” Fassbender said.
The Labour Relations Board heard arguments Thursday on whether the school districts can cut teacher pay 10 per cent in response to the union’s withdrawal of services. At the time of publication the results were not released. A ruling is expected on June 4.
As part of the rotating strikes, School District 6 will be striking on Friday June 6. The schools in Golden will not be open, and the busses will not be running.
Up to date teachers strike information is available at http://www.sd6.bc.ca.