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Statement from BCTF President Jim Iker on media blackout 

August 21, 2014

Education Minister Peter Fassbender’s recent media tour is a clear contravention of a media blackout that the BCTF, BCPSEA, and government agreed to when Vince Ready first engaged in the bargaining process.

It is unhelpful that the Minister is again playing politics in the media instead of allowing bargaining to resume behind closed doors. It shows a lack of integrity and highlights the government’s ongoing attempts to derail meaningful negotiations.

Today, I am calling on Peter Fassbender to honour the media blackout and instruct BCPSEA to immediately begin intensive mediation with the assistance of Vince Ready. The BCTF bargaining team is ready at any moment to begin this important work. Teachers hope the government is finally ready to compromise to get a negotiated settlement.

More than anything, teachers want to be back in schools on September 2 with smaller classes, and more support for all students so we can give BC children the education they deserve.

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