Nova Scotia teachers have rejected a tentative agreement reached in a labour dispute that’s had them in a legal strike position since early December.
In a provincewide electronic vote held Feb. 9, members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) voted 78.5 per cent against a tentative deal reached in January.
“It’s clear our members are frustrated, they deserve better and what government offered in this agreement doesn’t go far enough in addressing the real classroom concerns that affect teachers and students,” said NSTU president Liette Doucet.
Teachers will continue a work-to-rule job action that began in late November.
“What we don’t know is what government’s next move will be,” Doucet said. “We don’t know if they will agree to go back to the negotiating table, if they will legislate a contract, change the terms and conditions of employment or lock us out.”
It’s the third tentative agreement the teachers have rejected since negotiations began in September 2015. Their contract expired July 31, 2015.