May 07, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
With several school strikes looming on the horizon, Education Minister Liz Sandals wants to look at changing the legislation that requires teachers’ unions to give a five-day advance notice of strike action.
Sandals says it’s not enough for the unions to simply say they are planning job action on a particular date. She says they should be required to state whether it is a full-on strike, or a work to rule, and if it is a slowdown, they should have to say what services are being withheld.
Her comments come as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is planning a province-wide strike Monday, but is refusing to confirm until Friday if that will be a full strike or a work-to-rule.
The Liberals brought in legislation last year that separated bargaining into local and central talks, but it also said employees must give five days’ notice before striking.