Just hours after the teacher’s union spoke out on failed negotiations, the Education Minister is giving his two cents.
Peter Fassbender says the government has moved about as far as they can to make a deal with the teachers.
“We have a responsibility to our balanced budget, to our fiscal plan, and we can’t ignore that as the reality. We are not going to go into deficit to fund what we think are unreasonable demands by the bottom line here is they need to recognize the zone that we are in with other public sector unions and I would suggest if they want a settlement they need to respect their brothers and sisters in other unions and the settlements they’ve signed and those that we still have to negotiate – so where do they need to go? They need to come into that zone.”
Fassbender says it is patently untrue that the government is against mediation.
“Mediation will only work when the parties are close enough and even if we split the difference it would mean that the resulting settlement would still be double what any other public sector union has received.”
As far as making greater concessions, Fassbender says at that this point the government has little room to move.
He says they are beholden to taxpayers to balance the budget and will not go into a deficit to fund what he says are unreasonable demands by the BCTF.