NDP introduces legislation to repeal Bill 75
April 25, 2017
For Immediate Release
HALIFAX – The first bill introduced by the NDP Caucus this legislative session will be a bill to repeal Bill 75, the legislation that took away teachers’ rights to free and fair collective bargaining and imposed a contract on the province’s 9,300 teachers.
“Instead of making the needed investments that teachers, parents, and students called for, Stephen McNeil chose to attack teachers through legislating a contract,” said Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. “The path to better education for our children is to listen to teachers about what is needed in the classroom. An NDP government would respect teachers and start those conversations at the bargaining table.”
The NDP has also introduced legislation that would introduce class caps for grades 6-12 and would recognize class composition in instituting the caps.
“The NDP is the only party standing up for a good education for all of the province’s children. We are the only party truly prepared to stand up for teachers’ rights and we are the only party to guarantee we will make the investments needed to cap class sizes,” said Lenore Zann, Education Critic for the NDP.
The current legislative session is likely to last only for a few days, as it is widely anticipated that the Liberals will call an election this coming weekend.
“This election will present a choice – a government of investment with the NDP, or a Liberal or Conservative government that will cut back and take away,” said Burrill. “We can invest in our classrooms and ensure our province’s children and young people get the education they deserve.”
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