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05/22/2014 12:11 EDT | Updated 07/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Teachers threatened with partial lockout


The B.C. Public School Employers' Association is threatening a partial lockout if teachers move forward with a rotating strike on Monday.

In a three-page letter sent Wednesday to the B.C. Teachers' Federation, BCSPEA's Michael Marchbank wrote the move is in response to escalating job action and what the employers are calling a "refusal to compromise."

Effective Monday, May 26 teachers will be docked 5 per cent of their pay for participating in stage 1 of job action. If teachers go on strike as planned on Monday, the BCSPEA says teachers' salaries will be docked 10 per cent. 

The BCSPEA says it still plans on offering teachers a signing bonus if a deal is reached before the end of the school year.

However, if a deal is not reached, teachers will be locked out at high schools on June 25 and June 26.

The employers' association, which bargains on behalf of the government, says on June 27 a general lockout will occur, shutting down all schools across the province. 

Parents and students shouldn't feel much of an impact since classes will be dismissed for the summer by then.

It is unclear if these lockout dates will have an impact on graduation ceremonies. 

BCTF president Jim Iker is expected to address the media Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. to announce how teachers will respond to the latest development in the on-going labour dispute.

Negotiations are set to resume Thursday and Friday. 
 

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