Nova Scotia teachers decide not to stage illegal strike or other jobs actions

Nova Scotia's 9,600 unionized public school teachers have decided not to stage an illegal strike or other job action, saying the provincial government has offered sufficient compromises in its education reforms.

Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers union, made the announcement late Thursday after the province's Liberal government tabled sweeping legislation that includes removing principals, vice-principals and senior supervisory staff from the union.

The bill also calls for the elimination of all seven English language school boards, which will be dissolved March 31.

Doucet says the union is still opposed to those changes.

However she says the union supported the province's decision to back away from creating a college of educators that would govern the teaching profession.