August 11, 2014 8:21 pm
Updated: August 11, 2014 9:27 pm

B.C. teachers, province back at bargaining table for 2nd time in 2 weeks


WATCH ABOVE: With just under three weeks to back to school time, parents are anxiously watching talks between the Province and teachers. Tanya Beja reports.

VANCOUVER – For the second time in two weeks, B.C. teachers and the province met today in an effort to end their labour dispute.

And the pressure is on to reach a deal.

Parents and childcare centres are scrambling to make alternate arrangements for September if a deal doesn’t come through before then.

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Neither the BCTF nor the employers are saying much about what, if anything, was accomplished as the two sides met in Vancouver.

Adding immediacy to the talks is the fact the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils believes August 25 may be the deadline for a deal to be reached if classes are to start on time this fall.

B.C.’s 41,000 teachers have been on a full strike since June 17 and there’s no sign they’re any closer to an agreement.

“There has to be some agreement reached within the next week, at the latest by the middle of next week,” said Ayesha Haider from the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. “Both sides need to take risks, both sides need to put the children first, and unless there is some give and take it’s not going to happen.”

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