The latest legal battle between the BC Teachers Federation and the government has ended with the court again finding in favour of the teachers.
Today’s BC Supreme Court decision means the government has to return class size, composition and specialist staffing levels to the collective agreement, as they existed in 2002 before bills 22 and 28 stripped it all away. BCTF President Jim Iker says it’s not just a great day for students and teachers…
“It’s actually a huge day for democracy that courts have ruled again in our favour and that goverment has to be careful of how it proceeds in legislation’
The government must also pay the BCTF two million dollars.
At a press conference this afternoon Education Minister Peter Fassbender downplayed questions about the court’s ruling chastising the government for trying to goad the teacher’s union into a strike, after it was ordered to act in good faith.
“You know, those kind of comments just inflame the situation. The reality is every meeting I’ve had with the BCTF – it has been about finding collaboration and cooperation.”
Fassbender says he will not comment on whether the government will appeal or not until they get a closer look at the court decision.