Fassbender takes shots at the BCTF, says they aren’t even close in talks


VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – While the BCTF holds out some hope there will be a deal to end the ongoing job action at BC schools by the end of June, the education minister doesn’t seem to be so confident.

Peter Fassbender says there are a few major issues which still need to be addressed at the bargaining table, and the two sides aren’t very close.

“We’re not close at the bargaining table, when it comes to some of the significant elements. There’s quite a difference in salary offers between what we’ve offered and what the BCTF is looking for,” he told Breakfast Television on City today.

While saying it’s time to put an end to this climate of acrimony, Fassbender took the time to take a shot at the union.

“If you look at the history, it’s not just our government. It’s been previous NDP governments, Social Credit… So, we’ve had this climate and the only common denominator is the BCTF.”

Fassbender says the employers’ group, with the support of the provincial government, continues to be willing to be at the negotiating table 24/7.

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