School hallways will be quiet as teachers plan to go on strike Monday.

Teachers will walk off the job for three days beginning Monday

Schools in the Vernon and North Okanagan-Shuswap districts will be impacted

  • Mar. 1, 2012 7:00 p.m.

Teachers will be taking to the picket lines.

The B.C. Teachers Federation has announced there will be a three-day strike starting Monday.

A total of 32,209 teachers in B.C. cast ballots on whether to go on strike, with 87 per cent saying yes.

“The results of our province-wide vote are strong evidence of the unity and determination of BCTF members in rejecting this government’s provocative and damaging legislation,” said Susan Lambert, BCTF president.

Education Minister George Abbott has introduced legislation that imposes a six-month cooling-off period and appoints a mediator to look at non-monetary issues such as class size and composition.

The legislation would impose millions of dollars in fines if a strike persists.

“I hope the teachers’ union will drop the rhetoric and help us move forward,” said Abbott, who is Shuswap MLA, in a release.

“I’m hoping that cooler heads will prevail and that people will  engage in the very meaningful mediation process that has been set out in this bill.”



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