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Rethink your bargaining tactics, labour board tells teachers and employers

B.C.'s teachers and their employers have been advised to rethink their bargaining tactics.

The Labour Relations Board concluded yesterday the first phase of strike action just isn't working, and that's because it's not exerting enough pressure to move either side on its stance.

It says both sides need to come up with a more narrow definition of what teachers do that is essential, and what parts of their jobs students can live without.

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Provincial legislation declares teachers to be an essential service and bars them from walking off their jobs en masse.

Susan Lambert, president of the B.C. Teachers Federation, says the board has once again confirmed that teachers are conducting responsible job action.

But as bargaining is set to resume in the first week of January, Melanie Joy, chairwoman for the employers, says both sides will have to spend some time figuring out what to do next.

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