B.C. teachers hit the picket lines
Teachers take part in rotating strike action at Florence Nightingale Elementary in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday May 26, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Teachers began rotating strikes across the province Monday as their contract dispute with the BC Public School Employers’ Association and province was elevated to more severe job action.
Outside Florence Nightingale Elementary in Vancouver, teachers rallied at picket lines for what they said is a “fair deal.”
Provincial Education Minister Peter Fassbender took a swing at the teachers for going on strike.
“Parents and students don't deserve this disruption,” said Fassbender. “We should be resolving this dispute at the negotiating table, not in the classroom or on the picket line.”
But the BC Teachers’ Federation said it’s the provincial government that has caused the empty classrooms to happen due to a lockout and salary rollbacks.
“Premier Clark just yesterday said children should not be put in the middle, yet she is imposing significant disruptions to the education system,” said BCTF president Jim Iker.