Teacher contract talks continue as deadline for one-day strike looms


TORONTO — Ontario’s education minister says the government wants to reach a deal with the province’s high school teachers to avoid a one-day strike.

Stephen Lecce says the government remains at the bargaining table with public high school teachers to reach a contract agreement.

The teachers plan to walk off the job on Wednesday in a bid to turn up the pressure during tense labour negotiations with the government.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is already conducting a work-to-rule campaign and has been without a contract since the end of August.

Lecce says the main issue 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.

The union is asking for inflationary increases, which would amount to about two per cent.


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