The province’s 40,000 teachers have been on strike since the middle of June over wages, benefits and court decisions about which party should have control over classroom makeup policies.
University of B.C. Professor, Tom Knight says teachers are facing tough times and have almost no leverage, but their commitment in what is almost a holy war means they might not back down.
Consultant Jerry Mussio worked for the province’s Ministry of Education for 30 years and says he’s certain the current government grew tied of the teachers’ tactics, hired a top law firm, a tough negotiator and now there’s an old-time labour brawl.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Peter Fassbender confirmed yesterday the government has lifted lock-out notice, and he again urged teachers to suspend job action so the two sides could attempt to negotiate a settlement, however, the teachers’ union has vowed to continue striking.
In support of the teachers and the BCTF, a rally is being held today, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Lido, and will conclude at the school district office.
With files from the Canadian Press