Teach­ers not averse to job ac­tion

Con­tract that was leg­is­lated, rather than ne­go­ti­ated, will ex­pire at the end of July

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Nova Sco­tia teach­ers will start bar­gain­ing with the prov­ince for a new con­tract next year, and their union leader says he isn’t averse to tak­ing job ac­tion and is even will­ing to take it fur­ther than teach­ers did two years ago.

“Job ac­tion is some­thing that is pro­vided for by the Cana­dian con­sti­tu­tion. Teach­ers have the le­gal right to take job ac­tion,” said Paul Wozney, pres­i­dent of the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union (NSTU).

Wozney made the com­ments on the two-year an­niver­sary of the prov­ince shut­ting down all pub­lic schools for a day. It was the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to teach­ers work­ing to rule over stalled con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Ob­vi­ously the gov­ern­ment didn’t like the con­tro­versy that work-to-rule gen­er­ated, and they ba­si­cally have forced teach­ers into a po­si­tion where if job ac­tion needs to be taken it would ba­si­cally have to be a full-out walk­out,” he said.

Ul­ti­mately, Nova Sco­tia teach­ers were leg­is­lated into a new agree­ment in 2017.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Zach Churchill said he be­lieves that the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has changed sig­nif­i­cantly from the cir­cum­stances that led to the 2016-17 labour dis­pute.

“What I can say is there has been a lot that’s hap­pened in the last two years from an ed­u­ca­tion per­spec­tive. A lot of things have hap­pened that I think teach­ers have been look­ing for,” Churchill said.

Wed­nes­day marked the two-year an­niver­sary of Nova Sco­tia shut­ting down all pub­lic schools for a day after a work-to-rule job ac­tion by teach­ers. JEFF HARPER/STAR METRO FILE

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