Saying she still thinks a deal can be reached before teachers set up picket lines next week, BC’s Premier continues to insist wage demands being made by union leaders are unreasonable.
Christy Clark says the latest offer from the government includes pay raises of 7.5 per cent over six years.
“All of that is consistent with what other public sector workers have got. I think it’s fair. It’s affordable for taxpayers.”
But after claiming she thinks a deal is within reach, she’s still taking shots at the BC Teachers Federation.
“I have to think there are lots of classroom teachers out there that don’t agree with the direction their union is taking.”
Clark later walked away as she was being asked how threatening to roll back the wages of teachers demonstrates governnment negotiators are bargaining in good faith.