Sask. teachers to make an announcement about the work action
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) president Samantha Becotte will speak Monday afternoon about the job action.
According to a release from the STF, Becotte will make an announcement around 1 p.m
The STF did not provide details about what the job action might be.
The teachers left work for a one-day strike on January 16 and January 22 as they continue a problem with the province on a new contract.
Thousands of teachers picketed in various places around the province in what the STF called demonstration sites.
The STF held that classroom size and class complexity should be brought to the bargaining table. However, the province says decisions are best left in the hands of local, elected school boards.
The province offered teachers a seven percent pay raise over three years and says classroom size and complexity issues have been and continue to be addressed in pilot projects and program announcements. as well as funding from education budgets.
“If they continue to refuse to compromise on class size and complexity, which are the learning conditions for Saskatchewan students, we have no choice but to continue using the options we have left. to bring them back to discussions,” Becotte said in a January 21 release.
The province says it is disappointed by the STF’s decisions on the job action and is ready to start bargaining at any time.
“The Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee (GTBC) has put forward a fair deal for teachers with a 7 per cent raise over three years, ensuring that Saskatchewan teachers remain paid above the Western Canadian Average. The GTBC remains at the table, ready to discuss competitive salary and benefits but cannot negotiate without the STF at the table as well,” the email to CTV News from the province on January 22 said.
The two sides began bargaining in May 2023 before the STF announced they were in a breakdown last October.
The teachers are without a contract since August 2023.
— This is a developing story. More details to come.