NDP

Stephen McNeil needs to respect the collective rights of teachers

December 4, 2015


Stephen McNeil needs to respect the collective rights of teachers and be willing to bargain with them in good faith, says NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald.

She says teachers have made it clear they are not willing to tolerate Stephen McNeil’s heavy-handed tactics.

“Nova Scotia teachers are highly-qualified. They work hard and they are committed to providing a quality education to our children,” says MacDonald. “They deserve the right to bring their valid concerns to the table and engage in a fair collective bargaining process with the government.”

MacDonald also says the McNeil government needs to stop making petty threats and start listening to Nova Scotians.

“The way teachers have been treated by Stephen McNeil in recent weeks has been inappropriate and unfortunately it’s not the first time,” says MacDonald. “He’s taken the exact same approach with home care workers; with nurses and health care workers; with students, faculty and staff at our post-secondary institutions; and with those working in our screen industry. This needs to stop. The Premier needs to be willing to listen and consult with Nova Scotians, instead of just trying to impose his will on them.”