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Negotiations between teachers, Province deteriorate as 'labour action' looms

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 24th, 2011

Teachers will take some creative labour action come September if contract negotiations with the Province do not progress, says the head of the BC Teachers Federation.

Susan Lambert said although negotiations have been underway for almost four months, the sides are still far apart.

If they fail to reach a deal Lambert says teachers could abandon all duties that go beyond teaching students, the CBC reported Friday.

Teachers in the southern Interior of B.C. are preparing for a strike vote on Friday, and votes have already been held in other parts of the province. The results of the vote could be made public by June 30, the day the teachers’ contract expires.

Lambert said the negotiations main hurdle has been seniority and transfer provisions, in addition to teacher evaluations.

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