While the B.C. Teachers Federation plans to hold its full-scale rank and file strike vote today and tomorrow, the B.C. Public School Employers’ are seeking a Labor Relations Board order to design all services required to complete grade 10 – 12 essential, including the completion of exams and report cards.
“The Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Public School Employers Association want to assure parents that every effort is being made to ensure the strike does not disadvantage students, not delay their transition to the next grade or on to post-secondary,” a report from the Ministry of Education reads.
The ministry and employers association are arguing that serious and immediate damage will be caused to secondary students’ educational programs if final grades are not compiled.
Premier Christy Clark says a full-scale walk out is not a necessary tool for bargaining.
“Bargaining can happen without job action,” argues Clark” “…My hope would be that the union would come to the table ready to bargain, we can get it solved, and that’s what would put all of this behind us.”
Clark adds she has no plans to meet with Iker at this time.
Meantime, the teacher’s rotating strikes will resume tomorrow in Victoria, and then extend across the province’s other 59 school districts the following three days.