With no talks between teachers and government scheduled and B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s comments that there will be no back to school legislation for teachers, it’s another twist of the knife for parents.
The nearly month-long strike between teachers and government shows no signs of ending any time soon with neither side making plans to resume negotiations.
And with B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong hinting at the possibility of the strike carrying on past September, that has Lisa Cable with “Parents for B.C.” getting increasingly fed up.
“There’s so much bad blood over the years, but at some point someone needs to stand up and say ‘We’re the bigger group, we’re going to say what’s gone on in the past has gone on, it’s now time to make this work’. I don’t think picket lines in September or forcing teachers back to work are a good resolution for anyone.”
Added Cable: “Legislating people back to work is very touchy and so I can understand the government’s unwillingness to do that and probably there are many teachers that wouldn’t want that to happen. But at the same time, this can’t go on perpetually. Students need to be in school and to be able to start school in September like they’re supposed to is what most families want.”
BCTF President Jim Iker says no calls have been put through to him recently to resume negotiations.
Premier Christy Clark said earlier yesterday that the BCTF needs to find its way to a settlement zone, adding they should take a lesson from other unions to resolve the labour war.