07/11/2012 12:07 EDT | Updated 09/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Ontario teachers' unions to meet with government

The Ontario Secondary Schools Teachers' Federation and the union representing French teachers say a meeting will take place with the Ministry of Education next week.

But OSSTF president Ken Coran says the meeting is informal and only meant to exchange information.

A spokesperson with the francophone AEFO also said the meeting "does not constitute a return to the bargaining table."

The unions raised the prospect of a fall strike after a settlement was reached with the Catholic teachers' unions.

Among its concessions, the contract would not allow teachers to keep banking sick days, and their allotment of 20 sick days a year would be cut to 10.

Sick days already banked will be protected and can be cashed out at retirement, however.