NDP tells B.C. to ‘take responsibility’ for teachers’ strike

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

BC Liberal candidate Peter Fassbender. (SUBMITTED)

BC Liberal candidate Peter Fassbender. (SUBMITTED)

New Democrats have called on the province to “get serious” about talks with teachers, who are set to strike province-wide starting Tuesday unless a last-minute deal can be reached.


The strike will come on the heels of a Labour Relations Board ruling that Grade 10 to 12 final exams are considered an “essential service,” which would enable the province to pass back-to-work legislation.

NDP education critic Rob Fleming said Thursday afternoon the province is to blame for the breakdown in negotiations that led to the job action.

“The B.C. Liberal government needs to start acting like adults and take responsibility for the chaos they have created over more than a decade of confrontation in our public education system,” Fleming said in a statement.

But B.C. education minister Peter Fassbender called Thursday’s strike announcement “disappointing” and apologized to parents across the province.

“I know everyone involved wants to head into the summer with the assurance that our education system is on a path to long-term stability and focused on student outcomes,” he said in a statement.

More than 86% of teachers voted in favour of a strike earlier this week, with what their union deemed a “historic” turnout of four-in-five teachers participating.


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