Nova Scotia Teachers Union calls for strike vote over education reforms

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says it will hold a strike vote next Tuesday as it battles provincial education reforms including a revamp of the union's membership.

In a statement late Tuesday, union president Liette Doucet says the move is necessary because the province's education system is ``once again under attack from the McNeil government.''

Doucet says the union held information sessions around the province to discuss a report by consultant Avis Glaze and what the government's embrace of it means for students and the profession.

The report makes 22 recommendations including the removal of principals and vice-principals from the union and the creation of a provincial college of educators to license, govern, discipline and regulate the teaching profession.

It also calls for the elimination of the province's seven English-language school boards.

Doucet says it is clear union members agree the situation is ``dire'' and that teachers and administrators need to ``stand up for public education.''

She says as a result the union executive approved the strike vote.

She says the move will give the union a mandate to implement a job action if the government is unprepared to back down from implementing the Glaze report.