Two sides need to make a deal before full-scale strike is implemented

During the Monday and Tuesday vote, 86 per cent of the 33,387 teachers who cast ballots voted in favor of escalating job action.

Education Minister, Peter Fassbender say he wants to see an end to strikes and continue negotiations once the school year is completed.

“I have said clearly that I would be delighted if the BCTF would stop the strike action, let the students and parents finish the school year, and stay at the table so we can get a negotiated settlement by the end of the school year, if not even by the end of this weekend,” Fassbender said.

Now the announcement of actual intention to call a full-scale strike must come this morning for classes to be cancelled on Monday.

B.C. Teachers’ Federation President, Jim Iker says even if a full-scale strike happens, a small and important window has now opened for the parties to reassess their proposals towards getting a negotiated settlement.

“…Make a commitment to bring the funding to the bargaining table so we can get the deal,” Iker said. “Get that deal now, in the next few days, and than we can celebrate that and we don’t have to think about what’s going to happen in the summer and we know that September we can see smaller class sizes for kids.”

Meantime, rotating strikes are scheduled to continue today through Friday, with School District 60 still on the Friday hit list.

In addition, we have confirmation the Labor Relations Board will hear arguments late this afternoon, on the government’s request to have the marking of grade ten to twelve exams, and the preparation of report cards, declared essential services.