Ontario Teachers Ramp Up the Pressure on the Tories

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1955 ... December 16, 2019

Ontario Teachers Ramp Up the Pressure on the Tories

Dudley Paul

Ontario teachers are ramping up their fight against the Tories’ 18-month attack on public education.

On Tuesday, public elementary teachers stepped up their work-to-rule refusing, for example, to participate in performance evaluations, plan new field trips, buy school supplies on their own time and register for additional qualifications courses. Yesterday, many Ontario Secondary teachers staged another one-day strike in districts including Toronto, Grand Erie, Simcoe County, Muskoka and Rainy River.

Cranking up pressure on the government was pretty clear at the Elementary Teachers of Toronto’s (ETT) Federation Day last Friday. Mind you, both local president Joy Lachica and Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) head Sam Hammond, were keeping their cards close -- acknowledging the 98 per cent strike vote of teachers, and the need to "harness our power" though not getting too specific about what comes next if the work-to-rule doesn’t produce results.

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