Teachers Announce Province Wide Strike For Single Day as Province Set to Announce Budget

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation has announced a provincewide strike for Wednesday March 20th, and a withdrawal of extracurricular activities for March 21, and 22nd. This round of job action is set to affect all districts and regions of the province.

President Samantha Becotte cites the government’s failure to address crucial issues, particularly regarding class size and complexity.

With over 4,000 teachers expected to participate, the strike coincides with the provincial budget announcement, a powerful statement to the government.

Demonstrations are set to take place at the Legislative Building in Regina and various locations province wide.

“Thousands of teachers will bring the message right to government’s doorstep,” Becotte says. “The
Premier and Education Minister are not listening to teachers, and they are not listening to the thousands of
parents, caregivers and students who are calling on government to respond to the needs of education.”

The two-day, provincewide withdrawal of extracurricular activities March 21 and 22 means teachers will not provide voluntary services involved in the organization, supervision and facilitation of activities including athletics, non-curricular arts, field trips, student travel, graduation preparations, school clubs and other activities. This includes Hoopla, the provincial high school basketball championships in Moose Jaw, and the Optimist Band Festival in Regina, which are both taking place this week.

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