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Ottawa, Feb 7 (Canadian-Media): It was announced today by Ontario's fourth largest teachers' union, The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) that it will begin once-weekly strikes starting from next Thursday due to unrest between education workers and the province, media reports said.
AEFO. Image credit: Facebook Page
About 12,000 members, including Ontario's French-language teachers in both public and Catholic boards as well as support staff in French-language workplaces are represented by AEFO.
Several battles are being waged by the teachers union including funding for students with special education needs, said AEFO President Rémi Sabourin.
Sabourin added that for the first time strike action of this scale would be launched since the creation of French school boards in 1997
"School boards and the government seem determined to oppose any possibility of moving forward with bargaining," Sabourin said.
Public elementary teachers are on strike at several Ontario boards today.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) resumes its rotating strikes today, a day after a provincewide walkout.
Union president Sam Hammond has said the key issues include special education funding, full-day kindergarten, hiring regulations and addressing classroom violence.
Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Education Minister says teachers were escalating strikes to advance higher compensation.