Below is a statement from George Abbott, Minister of Education, about an agreement with the BC Teachers' Federation, reached Tuesday night.
"We are pleased that mediation has resulted in a tentative Memorandum of
Settlement between the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association
and the British Columbia Teachers' Federation.
"Under Dr. Charles Jago's guidance, the parties worked extremely hard and
made progress on many important issues.
"The term of the agreement runs until June 30, 2013, sets out improved
language to manage leave provisions, and is consistent with government's net
zero mandate. In addition, the parties agreed to further discuss and seek
mutually agreeable improvements on key policy issues to provide students
with the best education possible.
"In the days ahead, BCPSEA and the BCTF will communicate further information
to their members about the agreement and next steps with respect to
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jago for the tireless
commitment, effort and energy he brought to the mediation process. His
success in this endeavour is consistent with the many successes he has
achieved in his distinguished career."