June 25, 2013 - 9:16 AM
VICTORIA - Education Minister Peter Fassbender has suspended talks between B.C.'s public school teachers and the negotiating arm of government as he overhauls the bargaining process.
Fassbender has scrapped the mandate of the BC Public School Employers Association, which represented government in talks with teachers, and replaced it with a single negotiator.
Peter Cameron will now lead a provincial team working toward a 10 year deal with teachers and the BC School Trustees Association.
The change means five months of contract talks between the BCPSEA and BCTF have been halted, although Fassbender says work done to date will "inform" his ministry's future positions.
He also says, the pause in talks is only temporary and is a necessary step toward the teachers' federation desire to bargain directly with government on provincial issues.
However, he says before negotiations can resume, all sides must create a road map toward a 10 year deal, something the BCTF is already on record as opposing.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2013