Saskatchewan

Sask. teachers withdraw voluntary services

Saskatchewan's 12,000 teachers are starting the next phase of job action — withdrawing all voluntary services.

Saskatchewan's 12,000 teachers are starting the next phase of job action — withdrawing all voluntary services.

As of Monday, and continuing indefinitely, teachers will no longer be staying after school to oversee extra-curricular activities, including sports and drama practices — activities for which teachers don't normally get paid.

The move is part of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation's latest job action as contract talks continue. It follows a two-day strike of all teachers across the province last week. Teachers were also off the job on May 5. It is the first time teachers have ever gone on strike in Saskatchewan.

Talks between the federation and the government were set to resume over the weekend.

Teachers are seeking a 16.3 per cent wage hike over three years, but the latest government offer was just over six per cent.

The union argues the economy is booming and teachers deserve better pay, while the government says the union's demands are excessive and would cost an estimated $320 million over three years.

Both the union and provincial government say the sides are too far apart, and say the other side isn't bargaining in good faith.

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