January 6, 2012
B.C. teachers and their employer are back at the bargaining table after the holidays, but the government's net-zero mandate seems to be the sticking point preventing any progress.
"The reality is, if you have a net zero mandate, you're bargaining with yourself," said Burnaby Teachers' Association president Richard Storch. "You're not really getting anything. You're just trading off things."
The provincial government implemented a "net-zero" wage increase for all negotiations with public sector employees between 2010 and 2012. The mandate means there's no new money being offered to teachers. If they want a pay increase, they need to take something away elsewhere to cover it.
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