Teachers at another batch of B-C school districts are on the picket line today in day 2 of escalated job action.
Iker has spoken to reporters as he was flanked by about a dozen teachers from the Langley Fine Arts School, all wearing picket signs and walking down the street.
He says the rotating strikes have put some pressure on the government, which itself has imposed a partial lockout on schools this week.
Iker says this about yesterday’s bargaining session however.
He says, “We have some respectful dialogue on some of our issues. We’re still far apart, there’s been no movement yet. But you know as long as both parties are talking that’s always a good sign.”
Iker says he’s ready to compromise on wages.
He says, “We still want a reasonable wage increase but it is about compromising.”
Iker says bargaining sessions will continue today a decision will come tomorrow on whether to continue the rotating strikes next week.
Education minister Peter Fassbender says there was little movement by the union yesterday.
He says, “My briefing from our negotiating team from BCPSEA was that they had some robust discussion, I don’t think I saw any indication that we’ve had movement but at least there were discussions and they’re gonna continue today.”
And Fassbender continue to fight against what he calls a “campaign of misinformation” about the strike, stressing that teachers can still eat their lunch at school…and will be covered by Worksafe for voluntary activities.
The Premier acknowledges the bargaining system is broken and needs to be fixed, but one thing at a time.
She says, “We need to get past this disagreement first before we can get down to that. But once we have settled this agreement, I want to sit down with the teacher’s union and jointly recognize that the system is broken, we’ve got to fix it and that’s what’s going to get us to ten years of labour peace.”
Two weeks ago the government took the 10- year deal teachers did not want off the table, a day before announcing they were clawing teachers wages back 10% during strike action.