City Council candidate RJ Aquino released the following statement this morning on behalf of OneCity.
Today, teachers around the province are taking a vote. With this vote, they will tell the Premier once again that they want to go back to work, back to the students whose lives and educations are so important.
What they won’t do, however, is agree to give away their Charter rights. They will not resign themselves to classrooms getting bigger, to students receiving fewer supports.
Today, teachers will make sure the Premier knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that their job action is a commitment to their students and to our community as a whole. Throughout this dispute they have advocated for the compensation they deserve, but more important they have fought for improved education services for every child in British Columbia.
I am a father of two children. In just a few years, both will be enrolled in public school. What happens between the government and teachers matters to me. I stand with our teachers. OneCity stands with our teachers. OneCity calls on the provincial government to agree to binding arbitration with the BCTF in order to end the dispute and to get children back to school.