BCTF reps in Nanaimo and on the Sunshine Coast say they’re disappointed with Wednesday’s Labour Relations Board ruling.
The LRB says the government’s partial lockout is legal, although the issue of wage rollbacks should go to arbitration.
And, the BCTF says it’s time for “maximum pressure”. Mike Ball is president of the Nanaimo and District Teachers Association.
In the meantime, rotating walkouts are expected to continue. Today, June 5th, teachers in Qualicum are striking.
Louise Herle of the Sunshine Coast Teachers Association says it’s now almost certain students will feel the impact.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender, meanwhile, says he still hopes a deal can be reached by the end of this month without further disruptions for students.
But, Fassbender says the BCTF’s wage demands are still too high, despite their move to lower it to around 14 per cent over 4 years — including cost of living increases.
The government is offering 7.25 per cent over six years plus a signing bonus.