2nd September 2014
Public schools in BC are not opening on September 2nd, as normal. The efforts of the BC government to negate two court decisions won by the BC Teachers' Federation was the breaking point in negotiations over the weekend.
Negotiations have been going on for well over a year, with little progress. Teachers started rotating strikes in May and a full strike for the last two weeks of June. The government responded with a weird and insulting "partial lockout" before the full walkout.
Teachers were prohibited from being at the school more than 45 minutes before and after school and at lunch break. They had to eat their lunches outside the school. They were also directed not to do any preparation or marking outside of school time--all so salaries could be cut by 10%, with the agreement of the Labour Board.
31st August 2014 | United States | anti-cuts, austerity
30th August 2014 | Colombia | corporate reform, democracy
29th August 2014 | Paraguay
25th August 2014 | Canada | anti-cuts, cuts
19th August 2014 | Lebanon | low pay, teachers' strike
17th August 2014 | Australia | corporate reform, teachers' strike