HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says it will hold a strike vote next Tuesday as it battles provincial education reforms including a revamp of the union’s membership.
In a statement late Tuesday, union president Liette Doucet says the move is necessary because the province’s education system is “once again under attack from the McNeil government.”
Doucet says the union held information sessions around the province to discuss a report by consultant Avis Glaze and what the government’s embrace of it means for students and the profession.
The report makes 22 recommendations including the removal of principals and vice-principals from the union and the creation of a provincial college of educators to license, govern, discipline and regulate the teaching profession.
It also calls for the elimination of the province’s seven English-language school boards.
Doucet says it is clear union members agree the situation is “dire” and that teachers and administrators need to “stand up for public education.”
She says as a result the union executive approved the strike vote.
She says the move will give the union a mandate to implement a job action if the government is unprepared to back down from implementing the Glaze report.