British Columbia Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker got a standing ovation from hundreds of teachers gathered in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday morning, as he delivered a challenge to Education Minister Peter Fassbender.
“My message to the minister today and his rhetoric of 24/7 bargaining is let’s see it. How about tomorrow? Let’s get this deal done,” Iker said
“The holdout has been government and their unwillingness to enter full-scale mediation and compromise. We’re ready to negotiate anytime. We’ve been ready all summer.”
Professional mediator Vince Ready agreed earlier this month to work with the groups, but also said he can’t start working until teachers and government are closer to agreeing to terms
During his speech Sunday, Iker called the province’s $40-a-day offer a “bribe,” and said it has been “incredibly unhelpful.”
“I know its been a summer of uncertainty and there’s much to do in the days ahead, but I’m still hopeful we can reach a negotiated settlement so that we can get back to what we want to be doing, what we love to be doing, and that’s teaching,” he said.
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