November 14, 2017 4:49 pm
Updated: November 15, 2017 11:13 am

Students launch class action lawsuit against Ontario’s colleges over strike

Tue, Nov 14: The union representing Ontario college faculty is urging its members to vote no to the College Employer Council’s latest offer. Thirty days in, this is the longest college strike the province has seen. Shallima Maharaj hears from one student who took on significant debt in pursuit of higher learning.

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A proposed class action lawsuit over Ontario’s ongoing college strike has been launched on behalf of students affected by the labour dispute.

The legal action comes as striking faculty who’ve been off the job for about a month began to vote today on a contract offer.

READ MORE: OPSEU urges Ontario colleges’ striking faculty to reject offer as vote set to begin

Some 12,000 Ontario college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians haven’t been at work since Oct. 15, leaving hundreds of thousands of students out of class.

WATCH: Student anxiety increasing as strike enters week 5

Law firm Charney Lawyers filed the proposed class action against the province’s 24 colleges today, saying 14 students have come forward to potentially stand as representative plaintiffs.

The notice of action alleges the colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes.

READ MORE: Students experiencing financial hardship due to college strike will receive funding: Province

It seeks full refunds for students who choose not to continue with their programs and refunds “equivalent to the value of the lost instruction” for students who do want to continue.

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