BCTF Votes 89% in Favour of Strike Action

Members of the BC Teachers Federation, BCTF, have overwhelmingly voted 89 % in favour of job action. According to the rules, now the public teachers of BC have 90 days to take some form of job action, however they are still bound to deliver a 72 hours’ notice and another vote in case they plan to carry out a full-scale walkout.

The President of the Prince George Teachers Association, Tina Cousins, alleged that she’s not surprised at the result. Cousins mentioned that “I figured it would be a positive strike vote” because “I’ve spoken to our membership, the PGDTA, and all of my signs were that it would be a positive strike vote.” Furthermore, she revealed that the group currently does not have any plans of job action. She mentioned that “there will be discussions about it, if things don’t go well at the bargaining table” and added that “we are really hoping for a negotiated settlement at the bargaining table, that’s where our focus is at this point and time.”

The strike vote was prompted by the BC Liberals’ claim to have found a leaked document detailing the BC Teachers’ strike plans. In response to which, The BCTF stated that “we don’t really have an idea about the leaked document, if it was a leaked document, or what kind of document it was,” adding that “really, our membership has spoken with 89% saying that they are willing to support a strike vote, so I don’t think that document has any say, at this point and time.”

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