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Teachers to hold rotating strike in Richmond on Tuesday, May 27

B.C. teachers will embark on rotating strikes next week, with Richmond schools set to be behind picket lines on Tuesday, May 27.

The B.C. Teacher' Federation said it is making the move "as a result of the unwillingness of the provincial government and the BC Public School Employers’ Association to offer any improvements to class size, class composition, and other important learning conditions for students, as well as the employer’s unfair wage demands."

“Last week, teachers were hopeful when they saw the government and BCPSEA put out an olive branch by backing off the unrealistic 10-year term,” said B.C. Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker. “But the next day, hope that this government would start negotiating in good faith faded when the employer announced a series of threats around wage rollbacks, lockouts, and attempts to divide teachers, parents, and students.

The rotating strikes begin Monday, May 26 and continue May 27, 28, and 29. All B.C. school districts will be impacted on one of those days. All schools will be open on Friday, May 30.

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