Teachers to go on strike in Canada’s Ontario

Teachers to go on strike in Canada’s Ontario

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Public elementary school teachers in Ontario province of Canada are set to go on strike on May 11.

The president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Sam Hammond, said elementary teachers have already been informed to prepare for the industrial action.

The ETFO announced it had also informed the Ontario Public School Boards Association of the strike. The teachers’ federation stated the strike will kick off with incremental moves which will target standardized testing, and then it will escalate by expanding into a “work-to-rule” situation without leaving the job. And eventually, teachers could walk off the job if their demands are not met.

The ETFO cited its disputes with the government over class size, an increase in administrator positions, and changes that will affect teachers’ autonomy in the classroom.

“We have not talked about compensation. We haven’t talked about any monetary issues,” Hammond said last week.

The ETFO represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers, temporary teachers and education professionals. It is the largest teachers’ union in Canada.

Meanwhile, 94 percent of the members of Catholic elementary and secondary school teachers’ union have voted in favor of a job action in case of a failure of the ongoing talks over new contract terms.

Public high school teachers in Peel, Durham and Sudbury are already on strike.

Last year, a similar strike was held in British Colombia by more than 40,000 teachers, who had been without a contract since 2013.

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