Government agreed to convene a conciliation board regarding a contract for Nova Scotia teachers but the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union declined that opportunity. We maintain that we want to listen and work with teachers. We are committed to strengthening our education system for every student in our schools. By declining this opportunity to convene a conciliation board, the teachers’ union is also dismissing the opportunity to find savings to meet their compensation demands. Government continues to be open to discussing all issues related to working conditions outlined by the teachers’ union. The working group looking at teachers’ working conditions will continue. A letter to the teachers’ union can be found here: http://novascotia.ca/psc/public-service-sustainability-mandate/ -30-
Advocacy groups in Hamilton want to make sure the needs of the poor are not forgotten in this campaign. They’ve issued a challenge today to all parties to engage in a dialogue on poverty issues and on a strategy to reduce it. Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Round Table for Poverty Reduction, spoke to CHCH about the effort.