June 05, 2014 - 5:59 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — Teachers in B.C. are preparing for a third week of rotating strikes and they will also decide early next week whether they launch a full strike before the end of the school year.
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation announced Thursday afternoon rotating strikes will take place Tuesday through Friday next week.
In school districts 22 and 67 (Vernon and Okanagan Skaha) teachers will strike Wednesday, June 11, while teachers in districts 23 and 83 (Central and North Okanagan) will withdraw services on Thursday. Teachers in Kamloops-Thompson (SD73) will strike on Friday, June 13.
Teachers began phase one of job action in late April with the withdrawal of administrative communication and phase two, rotating strike action, began a month later. The province and the teachers’ union have not been able to come to an agreement and teachers will vote on Monday and Tuesday to escalate to the next level, a full strike, starting as early as June 16.
Legally only three days notice needs to be given for a full strike.
This week B.C. students also took to the streets to protest the ongoing job action and lockouts, saying they are sick of being pawns and want the two sides to come to an agreement sooner rather than later.
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