Parents join teachers on picket line

Parents were on the picket lines with teachers and educational workers during the job action at Giant’s Head School on Friday.

Parents joined teachers and education workers on the picket line in front of Giant’s Head School on Friday. The picket was part of an ongoing job action between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association.

Parents were on the picket lines with teachers and educational workers during the job action at Giant’s Head School on Friday.

“We’ve gotten involved because we are supporting the teachers,” said Colleen Mah, one of the parents. “The teachers have a really big job to do.”

While Mah is the vice-president of the school’s parent advisory council, she said the parents who were at the picket line on Friday were there as individuals.

B.C. teachers and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association are divided over class size and special needs support staff.

“We’re trying to speak up,” Mah said. “Hopefully, the government is going to hear us too.”

Earlier this week, teachers were scheduled to vote on whether to go to full-scale strike action instead of the rotating strikes which are now in their third week.