01/17/2012 12:44 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Teachers reduce demands as way to spark talks after five months of strike action

VANCOUVER - B.C. teachers say they're ready to reduce their demands at the bargaining table more than five months after starting strike action.

The B.C. Teachers Union says the "significant shift" is meant to spark momentum in negotiations after nearly 70 sessions at the bargaining table.

The union says it will provide more details about its proposal later today.

Teachers began job action on the first day of school last September and have refused to write report cards or meet with their principals.

Union president Susan Lambert has said that a meeting with Education Minister George Abbott a week ago didn't come to much.

She said then that talks wouldn't move forward unless the government changed its zero increase policy for public-sector unions, although teachers have never publicly defined how much of a wage hike they want.