Union for Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers suspends rotating strikes planned for next week

OECTA says suspension follows "meaningful" discussions with the province

There is a glimmer of hope on the education front following a shutdown of the province’s schools on Friday as teachers from all four unions walked off the job.

The union representing Ontario’s English Catholic teachers has suspended next week’s rotating strikes.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association is heading back to the bargaining table with the province.

Union leader Liz Stuart issued a statement late Friday to say the decision to return to negotiations followed “meaningful” discussions with the province.

“We have always said that our goal is to negotiate a deal at the bargaining table and it is clear that our efforts are being effective in forcing the government to work with our association toward a fair agreement,” she said. “Catholic teachers have demonstrated that we will do what is necessary to stand up against this government’s cuts to publicly funded education. Should negotiations cease being productive, further strike action will be announced.”

The talks on Monday will also include a mediator.

The decision to scrap all rotating strikes for now means the one-day walk out on Thursday, February 27 at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board will not happen.