A province-wide student walk-out will see more than 13, 000 students leave class in protest of the ongoing labour dispute between the BC Teachers Federation and its employer Wednesday at 9am.
Organizer Victoria Barker is a senior at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary and says students from more than 150 schools across BC have contacted her, saying they will participate.
“The purpose is to show both the BCTF and the government that we are tired of being put in the middle of their disputes, and we would really like it to come to an end, as well as a new negotiation process put in place, so that this doesn’t happen anymore.”
Barker says this isn’t the last of the demonstrations; students want to keep the pressure on both parties to reach a deal.
Wednesday is the only day this week the BCTF is not holding rotating strikes.
Meanwhile the Labour Relations Board is expected to rule Wednesday on the validity of lockout provisions, which include a 10 percent pay cut to teachers pay cheques.