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Sides agree on mediator, little else

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

BCTF president Jim Iker. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

BCTF president Jim Iker. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

B.C. Teachers' Federation and government have agreed on a mediator to arbitrate their contract talks — but both sides are still accusing the other of being unwilling to compromise.

That’s why no mediation will ensue right now despite the B.C. Supreme Court allowing Justice Stephen Kelleher to arbitrate the talks, according to messaging from both sides.

“The government, by trying to impose a series of unworkable pre-conditions prior to mediation has not provided the flexibility required to make mediations work,” said BCTF president Jim Iker.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender, meanwhile, said in a statement, “There is no process and no mediator that can bridge this gap at this time. To pretend otherwise only raises false expectations and serves to delay the tough decisions the BCTF executive needs to make to get to an affordable agreement.


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