Thousands of BC students to walk out of class in protest of ongoing labour dispute

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

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.

Comments

  1. “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.”

    I thought Iker said the walkout was the students’ support for teachers?!?! Did he just make that up and assume? Sounds like someone has poor insight.

    • The is a great article in the Province by a grade 12 student. Well worth the read.
      Kind of shameful some tactics used on students by the BCTF Teachers.
      This has to be stopped.

    • Is it worth betting he won’t be all over the evening news shoving his way into a group of kids yelling “Yo dude” while trying to chat it up with his newest best buds? Ya, I didn’t think so.

  2. How arrogant of Iker to assume the student walkout was in support of the teachers (and the BCDPAC group). Both have said they weren’t taking sides. Spin away Iker!

  3. Unlike people with vested interests in keeping government money flowing to the racing industry (X-Box and Wi provide better and cheaper entertainment), Victoria wants this dispute settled. Moeover, she is advocating a different resolution process.

    While many clamour for a “better” negotiation processas well, binding arbitration is not an option for them as they have prejudged the outcomes as not acceptable. Only a few have joined my call for binding arbitration.

    Amazing that Seaspan and its union have agreed to binding arbitration to settle their diferences. Where will Seaspan get the money if an arbitrator rules in favour of its union?

    Answer: From thee and me as the additional costs flow up or down the food chain.

    But opposed to adequate education funding, it seems fine to provide taxpayer support to a dying industry like horse racing or hobby-horse farms that get all kinds of tax relief anyways. Typical horse sense!

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