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Teachers in canada prepare to strike for a better deal

A CANADIAN union representing primary school teachers across Ontario said today that they are ready to go on strike.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said 98 per cent of its members had voted for industrial action, which will begin on November 26. 

ETFO president Sam Hammond said the action will target administrations but not affect pupils’ education or safety. 

Mr Hammond said: “Our goal is to turn up the heat on Premier [Doug] Ford and his Education Minister Stephen Lecce. 

“It’s critical that they finally come to contract talks prepared to address the real issues of concern: more supports for students with special needs, the protection of Ontario’s kindergarten programme and critical issues like addressing violence in schools.

“Parents, teachers and education professionals know that the government’s agenda of cuts, not investment, in public education is harmful to our students’ education and future.”

Mr Hammond said the union was taking action to “get a better deal” for its members and schoolchildren.  

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