02/22/2018 12:46 EST | Updated 02/22/2018 14:01 EST

N.S. teachers union meets with minister to discuss reforms behind closed doors

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's Education Department says "the conversations will continue" between the province's teachers union and Education Minister Zach Churchill over proposed education reforms.

Both sides confirm Churchill met Thursday with Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Doucet, although they say they have agreed to keep the discussion confidential.

On Wednesday, Doucet said more than 80 per cent of teachers who cast a ballot voted in favour of authorizing an illegal strike or some other job action.

She said no immediate job action was planned and called on the government to engage in "meaningful consultation" with teachers.

Churchill indicated he was interested in more talks with the public school teachers following the union vote but that he wasn't interested in pausing the reforms.

The union called the strike vote last week to protest the province's decision to largely endorse a consultant's report recommending education reforms, including the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.

A number of teachers and some parents took to social media Thursday to express their opposition to the reforms using the hashtag stepup4students and asking to speak with Churchill.