BCTF and provincial government to resume bargaining Thursday
The BCTF and the provincial government will resume bargaining Thursday, sources have told Global News, as a full-scale teachers strike now threatens to impact summer school.
The two sides will be meeting at 11 a.m. While the two sides have made progress on wages, questions over class size and composition have yet to be resolved.
Talks started up again informally on Wednesday, with the discussions intended to sketch out a way forward.
Earlier on Wednesday, the BCTF said that picket lines would stay up during summer school if the government didn’t deliver an improved deal.
On Tuesday the province applied to the Labour Relations Board, asking it to force striking teachers to teach remedial summer school courses for high school students.
Negotiations reached an impasse last week, with the BCTF requesting a mediator to help resolve the dispute.
Serious negotiations took place over the course of two days before the full strike began on June 16, but no deal was reached.
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