Keep ne­go­ti­at­ing

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

How­ever you white-wash the fence of de­bate when a strike is chaotic, the true colour is al­ways about the colour of money.

Call it job se­cu­rity or ben­e­fits or con­tract dis­putes— it’s all about the money.

Cer­tainly unions have a place in this work so­ci­ety as ev­i­denced by the gains in fairer job eq­uity and ab­so­lutely the ad­min­is­tra­tion of any en­tity has a duty to carry out their strat­egy.

Granted, but here’s the thing: How about the drawn swords of an­gry words be put down, ne­go­ti­ated in good faith with all rep­re­sented sides af­ter teach­ing times and let class bells ring again for the stu­dents who paid for the priv­i­lege of con­tin­ued ed­u­ca­tion?

I fail to see how this would weaken ei­ther side.

On the con­trary, it demon­strates the pay­ing stu­dents and their par­ents and guardians are re­spected and dis­agree­ments can be worked out in real time vir­tual life with­out jeop­ar­diz­ing in­no­cent par­ties.

Par­ents and stu­dents have been left in a lurch and de­nied their fu­tures be­cause they need to con­sider rent­ing apart­ments with lease dates, or re­think­ing ad­di­tional cour­ses to re­bal­ance their fi­nances just to keep ahead of fees and tu­ition loans not to men­tion loss in the even­tual job mar­ket. They de­serve the con­trac­tual ex­pec­ta­tion of de­cent ed­u­ca­tion af­ter pay­ing in ad­vance.

Af­ter all, with­out stu­dents there is no need for teach­ers or ad­min­is­tra­tors. Jeanne Holden Corn­wall

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