No pre-primary courses in Annapolis Valley, South Shore as faculty help employees proceed strike

There are not any pre-primary courses within the South Shore Regional Centre for Training or the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Training as faculty help workers proceed to strike, demanding the identical pay as employees doing the identical jobs in different elements of the province. 

Nova Scotia Authorities Workers’ Union (NSGEU) Native 70, which represents workers at SSRCE, and Native 73, which represents AVRCE workers, had been on the bargaining desk for nearly a yr earlier than voting to strike final week. Native 73 went on strike on Oct. 23 and Native 70 joined them on Oct. 24. 

Each bargaining models embrace a wide range of faculty workers, like early childhood educators, academic assistants, administrative assistants and tech help. Native 73 has greater than 600 members and Native 70 has 142 workers members.

“They’re the glue that holds these colleges collectively,” stated Sandra Mullen, NSGEU president. 

Mullen says an off-the-cuff academic assistant beginning on the AVRCE receives minimal wage, $13.60 an hour, whereas a employee in the identical place within the Tri-County space overlaying Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne will get $17 an hour. 

She says she was speaking to a member on Tuesday morning who lives near a county line. 

Sandra Mullen exterior the NSGEU constructing in Dartmouth. NSGEU represents academic assistants within the Annapolis Valley, Chinegto-Central, South Shore and Tricounty Facilities of schooling. (Robert Guertin/CBC)

“The particular person doing her actual job on the opposite aspect of the county line is making $8,000 extra [per year]. She likened it to eight kilometres away, $8,000 extra. That is not proper,” stated Mullen. 

Mullen says the pay discrepancy is a holdover from the change from faculty boards to regional schooling centres.

“The earlier authorities disbanded all the college boards as they have been in an effort to make issues extra cohesive and to have issues comparable throughout the province,” she stated.

“That is yet another a part of that. They’ve to complete this, they must make it proper.”

Colleges offering help for college students, say regional centres

Each the AVRCE and SSRCE say they acknowledge the strike has an affect on college students and their households. 

Regional government director of schooling with the AVRCE, Dave Jones, says principals are working to help college students and their households. 

He says he visited a college this week, however the principal wasn’t there.

“She was driving across the neighborhood dropping packages off to the scholars that weren’t capable of be at school,” stated Jones.

Jones says he couldn’t touch upon when the 2 sides may return to the bargaining desk. 

“We’re actually open to extra discussions and we hope to succeed in an settlement,” he stated.

Training Minister Becky Druhan solutions questions from reporters on Tuesday. (Dave Laughlin/CBC)

In an e mail to CBC, South Shore Regional Centre for Training spokesperson Ashley Gallant stated college students help employees and SchoolsPlus neighborhood outreach employees are additionally a part of Native 70.

“We acknowledge many college students depend upon these workers recurrently and thru our contingency plans, SSRCE workers will prioritize probably the most susceptible college students and work to supply them with help,” writes Gallant.

N.S. authorities says it helps pay fairness

Tuesday on the legislature, Training Minister Becky Druhan instructed reporters that her authorities and her division help pay fairness. 

“The events on the desk are the areas and the union. However I perceive that what has been tabled does present a path to that pay fairness,” she stated. 

“So we’re supportive of that idea, we’re supportive of that objective and we’re hopeful that the events can get again collectively and get there.”

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