By shutting out students, Stephen McNeil proves teachers' point: they lack adequate resources
Premier Stephen McNeil has demonstrated that he has no clue when it comes to negotiating. He’s made the collective bargaining process all about him, instead of the issues.
Collective bargaining is not about emotions, it is about facts, and the premier does not seem to understand this. His most recent decision to close schools to students is very transparent and will backfire.
It is obvious to most that the teachers’ position in their platform regarding resources has just been proven when the premier decided that it wasn’t safe for the kids to be in school if teachers work to rule. Nova Scotia parents are smart enough to see past the inconvenience of the kids being home to understand that this move is a simple PR stunt in an attempt to get public support for the government side.
This isn’t the teachers’ fault. The kids are out of school because of the government. Does he not realize that Nova Scotians were educated by fine teachers who taught us how government works in junior high civics?
Surely Premier McNeil has profited from an excellent education as well. Shame on him for playing such a cheap shot.
Go back to the bargaining table and bargain in good faith. This isn’t about you. It’s about the kids, who should be in school this week.