English Catholic teachers ready to strike if necessary

Third of four teachers's groups to vote in favour of strike action

Ontario’s English Catholic teachers have voted 97.1 percent in favour of strike action if need be to back contract demands.

They say they will not accept any contract that would be detrimental to learning and working conditions in schools.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) says the government will try to portray this as teachers escalating tensions. The reality, they say, is the government has created this situation by continuing to pursue what the union calls “reckless cuts to education.”

A strike date has not been set since they are not yet in a legal strike position.

Negotiations continue.

OECTA is the third of four teachers’ groups to vote in favour of strike action.

Ontario’s public elementary school teachers will be in a legal strike position on November 25.