Nova Scotia teachers are set to begin work-to-rule job action this Monday after rejecting two contract offers from the government of Nova Scotia. The government has cancelled school for Monday, citing vague concerns for student safety, and has recalled the Legislature this week in order to pass legislation imposing wages and working conditions on teachers and removing their right to strike.
The CCU condemns the Government of Nova Scotia for its reckless decision to lock students out of their own classrooms as a result their own unwillingness to negotiate in good faith with the province’s dedicated, hardworking teachers.
We call on Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil to cease bringing forth unconstitutional legislation that removes the right to strike and collective bargaining, and to immediately get back to the table and bargain in good faith with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
We pledge our solidarity and support to the teachers of Nova Scotia and their struggle to defend their rights as workers, as well as the education of Nova Scotia children from a government that clearly has no respect for either.