February 15, 2012
Editor: On Thursday, Feb. 9, the education minister came to Surrey to announce that he is appointing a fact finder to see if there is room for a negotiated settlement. Otherwise, teachers will be legislated back as our present job action has disrupted learning or something to that effect.
Firstly, teachers are teaching, kids are learning and parents are being reported to. “Disrupt” means doing absolutely nothing extracurricular or a full out strike, which is not what is happening right now.
Secondly, what facts is he looking to find when they are out there on the table for all to see? According to Keith Baldrey on Voice of BC, his move is a tactic to pressure teachers or a heads-up to upcoming legislation.
The minister told protesting Surrey teachers he was unwilling to move from net zero. So why bother with a fact finder? What else is left to negotiate? Why did so many other public workers get increases and will get more as the new mandate comes into effect?
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