BC government stands to save more than $80 million per week if teachers escalate job action

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While BC  teachers are running out of strike pay, the provincial government is saving millions during the labour dispute.

The 10% pay cut alone is saving 1.2 million dollars per day, while rotating strikes are saving 26 million dollars each week.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender was asked if all of that money will be put back into the education system.

“We will make all of those decisions if we are at the table negotiating and looking at the issues that are of importance to all of us, and that is a fair and equitable settlement for teachers, they deserve a raise, but it needs to be in keeping with the other public sector.”

If teachers mount a full-scale strike, the government would save 82.5 million dollars per week.



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  1. Sounds OK, I still hope that all will be good and agreed, before the “savings” will start. Our elected Government has to “stick” with us, the tax payers. We just have to wait and see how & when BCTF will “strike” again.

  2. Fassbender’s concern for students rings hollow because he and his government are saving $21 miilion per week as long as rotating strikes continue. That goes up to $82 million per week in the event of a full-blown strike.

    The BCTF is blowing smoke if it thinks the government cares or will ever care. The reality is that the government doesn’t care and every dollar saved will go towards balancing the budget.

    If the BCTF is to have any voice in education matters and working conditions, it should go all out to counter the government’s appeal of the January BC court decision. It should be a slam dunk for the BCTF on matters of rights enshrined in the constitution. But then, “it ain’t over until it’s over.”

    I wonder if the Moore case heard by the SCOC would be helpful. This decision affirmed the right of learning disabled children to receive a education.

    • Hilarious actually. Unions go on strike in order to fund their demands. Clearly unionism is a failed movement in the 21st century. Think about it.

      Teachers have to pay dues, BCTF almost broke which will result in increased dues. But the Government saves a bunch, 20% of which apparently goes back to the school Districts, while the rest goes back to consolidated revenue. Districts are happy as they can now pay for hydro et al, government is happy in that their savings accrue interest. Teachers get screwed by the BCTF.

      Good points in the Times Colonist today where a previous teacher says that the policy of inclusion is an utter failure, and that we should go back to the concept of three types of ‘schools within the school’ which in turn would save millions and solve the so called ‘special needs and designated’ student problem, and eliminate the need for a plethora of so called special assistants.

      This teacher dispute is a watershed and will result in a large over haul of the entire system. The good news; the BCTF loses.

      • @Stephen:

        I suppose you didn’t bother to go over the SCOC ruling on the Moore vs. Ministry of Education case.

        The SCOC essentially ruled that every child had a right to education in a manner that would allow each child to realize his or her ultimate potential.

        So whether we disagree with that ruling, there is no turning back. Without arguing the merits of mainstreaming “special needs” children, the reality is that one way or another, the government is compelled to provide them with the necessary education in accordance with their specific needs.

        Now the burning issue is how well is our government fulfilling that responsibility when segregation is no longer an option. And does the BCTF have a valid case that it has the constitutional right to negotiate class size and composition. Well, the lower court (BC Supreme Court) agrees pending an appeal).

        Look-it is one thing to express an opinion and disagree. But when such options disregard the rule of law, they are unfounded and irrelevant. Like you and I, government is bound to respect the rule of law -that it is not above it.

        Of course, there is an option. Government may invoke the “Notwithstanding Clause” to strip certain rights from teachers, children and finally, you and me. Be aware and careful of what you wish for-especially when it affects someone else.

    • In site, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has litigation with the SCOC on essential service designation. Judgment is reserved at this time. You’re right until essential service designation is dealt with by the court, the teachers are pounding sand. The union however continues to collect its dues.and continues to pretend it has clout in negotiations.