N.S. government to reconvene legislature to impose contract on teachers

Liberals to impose contract on teachers

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HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government intends today to begin the process of forcing a resolution to the ongoing contract dispute with Nova Scotia’s 9,300 teachers.

Premier Stephen McNeil was to convene an emergency sitting Monday evening, but a massive storm that raged through the region forced him to delay proceedings by a day.

McNeil held off postponing the sitting until 2 p.m. Monday when he issued a statement saying conditions were not improving.

The government wants to introduce a bill that will end the dispute that has seen teachers reject three contract offers and launch a work-to-rule campaign.

It’s expected the legislation could take a week or more to complete.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and both opposition parties have condemned the use of legislation, saying it takes away teachers’ rights.

The Canadian Press

Canadian Press