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Toronto, Nov 20 (ICanadian-Meda): A legislation was passed by Ontario Nov 19 to end the Ontario college labour dispute to end college strike and return college students to the classroom, media reports said.
24 Ontario colleges of approximately 12,225 faculty members including professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians had been on strike had reportedly started on October 16, 2017.
“Students were in the middle of the strike for too long. We needed to put students first, and get them back to their studies. This legislation ensures students can get back to the classroom and refocus on their education,” Deb Matthews, Ontario Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government was reported by the media to state.
The colleges, in the meantime, had been instructed by the Ontario government to establish fund with net savings from the strike reportedly dedicated to support students who had experienced financial difficulties due of the strike reportedly with direct consultation with students.
“Our government respects and believes in the collective bargaining process. It is only in special circumstances that government intervention should occur. Through all of this, our focus has been on students and their learning. We want to see students back in the classroom as quickly as possible so that they can continue their education while an agreement is reached,” Kevin Flynn, Ontario Minister of Labour was reported by the media to state.
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The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2017 governing the labour dispute between the College Employer Council and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) college academic unit had reportedly expired on September 30, 2017.
The mediator-arbitrator reportedly were authorised to determine and conclude a new collective agreement in settling any related matter.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)