B.C. teachers to vote on full work stoppage
Teachers strikes not legal in B.C. but teachers' federation talking tough
The B.C. Teachers' Federation says it will conduct a vote next week among its 40,000 members to determine if they would agree to a full work stoppage in response to the government’s plan to impose a contract settlement.
BCTF president Susan Lambert confirmed the plan Friday night.
"Yes, absolutely, we're calling for a vote on Tuesday and Wednesday," Lambert told CBC News. "The question is, are you, you know, are you prepared or would you like to prepare for any eventuality up to and including a full scale withdrawal of services."
On Thursday, a government fact-finding report said there was no likelihood of a settlement between teachers and the province after one year of negotiations.
Education Minister George Abbott said he would introduce legislation to end the current job action, which includes refusal do to any administrative duties like supervising playgrounds or filling out reports cards. Extracurricular activities have also been cut back in some schools.
It is not legal for teachers to stage full-scale strikes in B.C.
On Monday teachers are gathering for a mass rally in Surrey as part of what the federation calls a "provincewide day of action."
School classes are to proceed as usual during the day but teachers will meet after school at the Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds.