Teachers and Parents on the picket line, Stephen Portman and Together Against Poverty – Winds of Change Sept 11 2014

BC’s Liberal Government has ignored TWO important BC Supreme Court decisions, and nearly 2 weeks after the publicly funded private schools opened, public school teachers remain on the picket line.  They want a decent contract that will ensure students get the support they need, and they’re putting theories they teach (democracy, fairness, equity protected by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms) into practice.  It’s not been easy, they haven’t had a paycheque since mid-June, but they remain united in their insistence that this government (that has no problem finding money for Olympics, travel to Asia to sell earth destroying LNG tracking, and private schools), be held accountable.   I talked with a teacher, and a student organizer, on the picket line.  In the second half, Stephen Portman, legal advocate at TAPS (the Together Against Poverty Society), explains about a new project they’ve launched to help non-union workers stand up to their unfair bosses.


About Janine Bandcroft

The Winds of Change airs every other Thursday 11-noon from CFUV listener supported radio in Victoria, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. You can listen live anytime at cfuv.ca (it's a great station) and if you're able, we'd really appreciate if you contribute (even 5 bucks) to our annual funding drive.
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