Province at fault
Poll participants place blame in teachers dispute
The province is at fault in the ongoing teachers labour dispute, according to a recent poll of Cape Breton Post readers.
More than 72 per cent of voters chose that option in our informal survey of public opinion on the lingering issue.
We asked, ‘who do you think is at fault in the ongoing labour disagreement between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the province?’
Besides ‘The province,’ other options were ‘The Nova Scotia Teachers Union,’ ‘Equal blame’ and an ‘Other’ category.
Just over 18 per cent of votes were cast for the teachers union, over seven per cent said equal blame, while less than two per cent voted in the other category.
In the poll’s comments section Andrew Nicholson wrote that as people our most important job is to prepare the next generation for life.
“When the government tries to balance its books by shortchanging our children we all lose,” he wrote.
“To be honest teachers get enough,” wrote a voter named Joe.
Perhaps the problem is blaming either, according to Walter Bond.
“Makes better sense to resolve the problem between June 30 and Aug. 30 so as to avoid disrupting the system both sides proudly serve,” Bond wrote in the poll’s comments section.
“There is always a better way than this present morass of stalemate progress. The us and them ritual is counterproductive and a clear indication that maturity is on the verge of extinction.”
There were more than 1,281 votes cast as of Monday morning in this poll.
Go online to http://poll. fm/5r3ax to find the poll.