Contract talks scheduled for today between the Provincial Government and the B-C Teachers Federation have been cancelled.
Peter Cameron is the government’s lead negotiator.
He says, “That’s right, yes, we’re in caucus, both sides are in caucus, reviewing their positions. The main reason for that is that we’ve said to the BCTF it’s urgent that we get on with real bargaining but it’s impossible while you’re there, asking for several times what anybody else has got in the public sector. We’ve got 116-thousand people have settled and a very clear pattern, and the BCTF says we just want a whole lot more.”
On Monday the union begins rotating strikes and the government begins a partial lockout.
Cameron was speaking with Michael Smyth on the Bill Good Show on CKNW.
BCTF spokesman Rich Overgaard says after yesterday’s session, both sides agreed they needed to further consider their positions.
He says some discussion could take place on the weekend, but talks are officially set to resume Monday.