It doesn’t sound like the BC Teachers Federation is to keen on pressing pause on its strike action.
Yesterday Education minister Peter Fassbender asked for a two week cooling off period, today BCTF president Jim Iker says that is not the union’s focus.
“To end the strike it has to be a member vote for sure. Our concentration is lets spend these next few days to get the deal done. We could have tried in the summer but the government wasn’t prepared. So I am hoping that government goes to that table today with Mr. Ready and shows that they are actually serious about getting the deal done.”
Iker says it would take a province wide vote to ask his members to stand down strike action.
Iker says that would be a waste of time.
“Why should we spend a number of days going through a process and then delay being at the table. The minister wants to do the agreement in the next two weeks well we have all summer. The government has been cooling off all summer. It took 14 days for government between July 16th and July 30th for them to agree to be at the table for one day August 8th.”
Iker says the province has to come to todays meeting with Vince Ready with new proposals.
He says teachers want to see the province address class size and composition when it comes to the table this afternoon.
This morning education minister Peter Fassbender issued a release urging the BCTF to poll its members and hold a vote on suspending strike action before September 2nd so schools can open on time.