VICTORIA (November 8, 2019) – Parents in Saanich School District are feeling increasingly frustrated as strike action continues to keep students out of classrooms for the second week.
“A second week of strike action has now passed without any efforts from John Horgan and the NDP to get kids back in classrooms,” said BC Liberal Education Critic Dan Davies. “The latest round of bargaining ended with a rejected deal leaving parents stranded – with no end in sight – and scrambling to find childcare for another week.”
Parents and students are voicing their concerns increasingly, parents going so far as to join in protests today demanding government action to get their kids back to school.
“Amid ongoing strike action in Saanich schools, many other families around the province are hurting as strike action mounts in other industries, affecting transportation and transit, universities, public schools and vital industries like forestry,” concluded Davies. “We need John Horgan and his absent ministers to show some leadership and get students back in classrooms and people back to work.”
To date, the list of groups taking labour action throughout B.C. includes:
Coast Mountain Bus Company maintenance staff
Coast Mountain Bus Company bus and SeaBus operators
Saanich School District 63 support staff
UNBC Faculty Association
Western Forest Products workers