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Teachers' rotating strike

Public school teachers across British Columbia plan to start a second round of rotating strikes today, meaning no class for hundreds of thousands of students during this week.

The rotating strikes by more than 40,000 teachers will mean up to 150,000 students will be off school in various school districts for one day each either today, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

On Monday the strike includes two districts in the Okanagan:

  • School District 23, the Central Okanagan
  • School District 83, North Okanagan-Shuswap.

The province countered with a partial lockout that included docking teachers' pay by 10 per cent in response to the first round of strikes that started on May 26.

Educators told the provincial labour board last week that employers have no authority to dock pay.

The government argued teachers shouldn't expect full salary when they're no longer fulfilling all their duties.

The board is expected to hand down a decision on Wednesday.

The education ministry says bargaining is set to resume on Tuesday; the sticking points in the dispute are pay, class size and classroom support.

The government has said it's offering a 7.3 per cent wage increase over six years while the teachers union says it wants 13.7 per cent over four years.

On April 24 Castanet conducted a poll asking if people support the job action; 1423 votes were cast. Here are the results: 

Question - Which side do you support in the latest job action by teachers in their battle for a new contract from the government?

Teachers:     633   
Government:     678   
Neither:     112  

We will be conducting another poll today, Monday, to see if support has changed. 

The Canadian Press


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