Student walkout planned at University of Toronto amid ongoing strike
TORONTO – The University of Toronto Students’ Union have planned a noon student walkout Wednesday in solidarity with teaching assistants currently on strike and to also demand for a tuition refund.
The group’s Facebook page indicates nearly 3,000 students have confirmed their participation, as well as attending a rally to be held at 12:30 p.m. in front of the U of T president’s office on King’s College Circle.
“U of T should take responsibility for its inaction and the effect of the strike on our education by refunding tuition fees,” said a note posted by the students’ union on Facebook.
A number of classes have been shut down during the strike but a handful of faculties have also continued on with sessions.
However, not all U of T students agree with the walkout with some suggesting it has forced some professors to cancel classes.
“You are not representing the undergraduate student body in promoting this walkout, neither are you benefitting us in any way,” wrote John Smith on the students’ union Facebook page.
“If anything you are only further disrupting the classes that are not affected by the strike.”
Meanwhile, York University teaching assistants also remain on strike.
Officials at the institution recently announced that most classes will resume by March 23 despite the labour dispute.