Take our poll
Who is at fault in the province/teachers labour dispute?
Nova Scotia’s 9,300 public school teachers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject a tentative agreement — the third deal endorsed by their union executive since contract talks began in 2015.
“It’s clear our members are frustrated, they deserve better and what government offered in this agreement doesn’t go far enough in addressing the real classroom concerns that affect teachers and students,” Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, said in a statement.
“We don’t know if (the government) will agree to go back to the negotiating table, if they will legislate a contract, change the terms and conditions of employment or lock us out.”
Education Minister Karen Casey said the outcome of the vote was disappointing for students, parents and the government, but she did not indicate how the government would respond.
“This was the third tentative agreement reached with the union leadership and it was reached after an intense and productive period of bargaining,’’ Casey said in a statement.
“This agreement provided a fair wage offer and showed we were willing to make further investments in classrooms.”
With these latest developments in mind, we want to know your opinion on the ongoing labour dispute.
In our poll we ask: Who do you think is at fault in the current labour disagreement between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the province?