A large group of teachers, parents and supporters have gathered in front of Education Minister Peter Fassbender’s Surrey office Saturday morning to rally for more funding.
Mission teacher Jessika Henrich says although Fassbender isn’t even in his office today, teachers and supporters are outside speaking as one voice.
“They had trustee Patty Bacchus here, there were speakers from Unifor and the Surrey educational assistants. Just a range of people from the educational community and other unions coming out to show their support.”
Mission Secondary School teacher Jessika Henrich says she has a question, in response to the government wanting to make some essential service like final exams and report cards mandatory in the event of a full strike.
“Oh wait, you didn’t realize that if you locked us out on the days we mark things we wouldn’t have time to mark them? What?”
Henrich says with less pay, and less time, she doesn’t understand how the government will be able to get teachers to follow through with these proposed essential services.
The BCTF announced it will ask teachers to support a withdrawal of all services in a vote this coming Monday and Tuesday. If a majority approves, the teachers are legally obligated to give three days notice.
Meanwhile government negotiators have asked the Labour Relations Board to make grade 10-12 report cards and final exams essential services.
Rotating strikes will continue next week.