Striking London, Ont. teachers say labour action isn’t about the money

A province-wide teachers’ strike is underway for all public high school teachers, and London is no exception.

All high schools in the Thames Valley District School Board were closed for the day in response to stalled contract negotiations between the province and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.

Taylor Jones, OSSTF branch president for the OSSTF at Clark Road Secondary School (CRSS), said they want to make sure teachers get a fair deal and one that does not negatively impact student through larger class sizes and mandatory e-learning.

“We know students all learn in different ways, and e-learning is one way of learning and certainly for someone students it might be an appropriate measure, but it’s not for all people,” Jones said.

On Tuesday night, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the main issue in the talks is compensation, with the government recently passing legislation to cap annual wage increases for all public sector workers at one per cent for three years.

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