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British Columbian teachers set for strike negotiations

Teachers are set to vote in June about whether to go out on strike.

01 June 2011

Strike negotiations could well be needed in British Columbia, Canada, if a deal cannot be reached to avoid teachers taking to the picket line.

Unless union bargaining can bring about some form of resolution, there will be a vote between June 24th and 28th to decide what action is to be taken.

British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) president Susan Lambert has urged educators to give the issue serious consideration before choosing whether or not to strike.

If the ballot leads to action, then it will see teachers refuse to undertake administrative activities first.

"Parents may not even notice much of a change as teachers intend to continue serving our students in the classroom and communicating with parents about students' progress," Ms Lambert added.

Among the issues that members of the BCTF - which was established in 1917 and represents 41,000 teachers - want addressed are class sizes and composition, caseloads and learning specialist ratios.

Posted by David Gleck

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