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Teachers Say They Have Cut Their Proposal By $125 Million But Government Not Interested In Fair Deal

“In total, our moves have reduced our package by $125 Million,” BCTF said. “Unfortunately, the government did not indicate they were willing to make any meaningful moves in return. Does the government really expect that teachers would bargain away everything the BC Supreme Court has already awarded us? And what future decisions might bring?”

VANCOUVER – After two days of work with Vince Ready, it has become clear that the government is not prepared to find a fair settlement that will get BC’s students and teachers back in classrooms, said the BC Teachers Federation.

The BCTF team said it tried to kick start meaningful talks by dropping some proposals entirely and reducing others substantially.

“In total, our moves have reduced our package by $125 Million,” BCTF said. “Unfortunately, the government did not indicate they were willing to make any meaningful moves in return.

“Education Minister Peter Fassbender has said many times: “Let the courts decide.” And we agree entirely with that approach. But, in reality, what they are insisting upon at the table would undo any future court decision.

“Does the government really expect that teachers would bargain away everything the BC Supreme Court has already awarded us? And what future decisions might bring?,” it said.

Twice now the government has been found to have violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms in BC Supreme Court. And now, the BC Liberals are trying to negotiate away those court losses and any future decisions.

BCTF said once again, the BC Liberals want to keep the necessary funding that students need out of BC’s public education system.

“Not only is government insisting on something they know perfectly well teachers cannot accept, they are refusing to make any compromises in their position.

“There was no commitment to increase funding to support the learning needs of our students, nor was there any effort to move on salary.  By refusing to increase funding for learning conditions and trying to circumvent the courts, the BC Liberals are jeopardizing the start of the school year,” it said.

“Teachers took this effort with mediation seriously and made significant moves. Government’s inaction and unwillingness to compromise shows that they have been disingenuous in their public comments.

“To be clear, teachers have not walked away. We have not given up. As things stand now, the strike will continue.”

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