Thursday, September 11, 2014
Let's Make a Deal!
Behind Door Number 3; Prize, Cash or "Zonk"
Released by Andrew Weaver, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head
n my view, Saturday’s announcement by Minister of Education Peter Fassbender rejecting BCTF’s proposal to seek binding arbitration in their ongoing labour dispute demonstrates a clear lack of leadership, an inability to compromise and their fundamental lack of support for public education.
The government’s position that resolution will only be achieved through negotiation belies the fact that over two months have passed with few, if any, substantive talks between parties. Even mediator Vince Ready has pointed out that both sides are too far apart on substantive issues for mediation to proceed.
Binding arbitration is a time-tested means of ending labour disputes when face-to-face negotiations and mediation break down. That the government dismissed it suggests to me that they are not interested in reaching a fair settlement.
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