Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Strikes in the public sector?? Not if the service is considered essential!

Seventy percent of teachers in the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) have voted ... and they voted overwhelmingly (90%) in support of strike action to meet their demands.

So here's my thought ... and I know I am not alone in it ... if it is part of the business of government, then it should be considered essential.  If not, then it should be in the private sector.

My personal opinion is that education, health, policing, ferries, highways etc are all essential to the people of BC and therefore NO strikes should allowed. I also believe that if government and unions cannot reach a settlement through bargaining, then disputes should be decided by an independent arbitrator, and a binding contract imposed on both government and the union involved.

So ... what do you think?  I'm Alan Forseth in Kamloops ... with a few more thoughts from one conservative.

Read the full story in the Province newspaper, on the BCTF strike vote, click HERE
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