NDP

Walkout a result of McNeil government’s disrespect of teachers

February 15, 2017


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The introduction of Bill 75 yesterday, forcing a rejected contract onto teachers, has effectively forced teachers to go on strike.

“It is disappointing that the only option that Stephen McNeil has left teachers in their fight for a better education system for our children is to go on strike,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Stephen McNeil has refused to listen to the calls of teachers, parents, and students to make serious investments in our classroom. He has refused to allow an arbitrator to fairly resolve this dispute. Now, he has refused to respect collective bargaining and is forcing a rejected contract on teachers. The Premier must take responsibility for the situation we’re now in.”

Teachers announced this morning that they will walkout on Friday for one day. Yesterday, the government introduced Bill 75 which will impose a contract on teachers that has already been rejected. NDP MLAs have been debating the bill all night at Province House.

“We will continue to stand alongside teachers, students, and parents in the fight for an education system where students and teachers get the support and resources they need to succeed,” said Burrill.

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