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BCTF pres. has premier in his sights as he hits back on lockout threat

BC Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker is calling it “Christy Clark’s Lockout”.

Iker says the latest move by the Public School Employers Association will hurt students.  The Association is moving to lock teachers out of certain duties (many of which teachers have stopped doing as part of stage one their job action) and restrict the hours they can be a schools in response to plans for rotating walkouts.

Iker says teachers had carefully planned their job action to have minimal impact on students, but that can’t happen anymore.

The BCPSEA will start docking teachers pay on Monday, and move to a full lock-out of teachers at high schools on June 25th and 26th, with all teachers to be locked out on the 27th.

Area school districts, meanwhile, are planning for the walkouts which will hit Nanaimo Ladysmith on May 27th and the Sunshine Coast on May 29th.

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Both districts say schools will be closed to students on those days and parents will have to make other arrangements.

They haven’t confirmed if they’ll do the same if the lockouts go ahead in June, but it’s likely.


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