No formal talks between government, BCTF scheduled as schools remain closed
Another day of picketing and protests is on the agenda for B.C. teachers as schools around the province remain closed.
Classes have been cancelled for B.C.’s half a million public school students.
A number of rallies and gathering were held yesterday at the Legislature in Victoria, downtown Vancouver, Education Minister Peter Fassbender’s Surrey office and the premier’s constituency office in West Kelowna.
At this point, no formal talks are scheduled between the province and BCTF, leaving many to speculate on how long the teachers strike could last.
B.C. Teacher’s Union president Jim Iker said Monday they have made some concessions and want to negotiate a deal as soon as possible. Iker called on Premier Christy Clark to meet with him directly in a press conference on Sunday. The premier has not responded to the offer yet.
WATCH: B.C. teacher’s union president Jim Iker called on the province to come back to the table on Monday
Meanwhile, Peter Fassbender reiterated the government won’t legislate teachers back to work.
He says there remains a $300-million gap between what the government put on the table for other public sector unions and what the BCTF is asking for.
WATCH: Education mMnister Peter Fassbender on the latest in strike talks