BC’s Finance minister is raising the spectre of schools opening not in September but later in the fall if a deal is not reached with BC’s striking teachers over the summer.
Mike De Jong says his government will not be recalling the legislature early in order to legislate teachers back to work.
The BC Legislature is not due to sit again until October.
“If September comes along and that hasn’t happened it would be a mistake to assume that the government is going to rush into the legislative assembly to impose an agreement. In those circumstances there will be ongoing disruption. I know who feels the pain then it is the families of students.”
He says teachers should not expect any deal outside the settlement pattern of other public sector unions.