Teachers confirm they're heading back to the bargaining table
Saskatchewan students were back in their desks Friday morning after a two day strike by the province's teachers. But come Monday, things like track meets and field trips could be in jeopardy as teachers pull all voluntary services.
Union spokesperson Gwen Dueck stresses that the teachers don't consider it a "work to rule" campaign.
"Teachers would prepare, mark (assignments) and set up for instruction as they normally would. So they're not withdrawing that at all. What they're withdrawing are all the extracurricular activities that occur outside of those professional activities," Dueck said Friday.
"There's no expectation that teachers are leaving as soon as the bell rings. They will do what they've normally done. Some teachers arrive earlier than others, some stay later than others. That will continue, as long as they're focusing on their professional duties."
Graduation ceremonies out of class time are not to be attended by teachers unless they have a child graduating.
The move is continuing as planned despite news that the Saskatchewan Teacher's Federation has accepted an invitation to return to the bargaining table.
No new dates have been set for bargaining. The teacher's last request was a 16 per cent raise over three years. The government's last offer was closer to six per cent.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.