The government’s plan to compensate parents if BCTF job action continues is a disappointing negotiating tactic. All energies should be focused on the bargaining table, and I hope that both sides are committed to meaningful negotiations when discussions resume today. Our children should not be the victims of a broken process. There is no excuse for losing a single day of the fall term.
I know how difficult this strike has already been for parents, students, and teachers alike, but if the job action continues I believe that any money saved should go towards improving the quality of education in our province. After an agreement is reached, the government and BCTF should take immediate steps to develop a new bargaining process. This cycle of failed negotiations must end.