QUEEN’S PARK — Chandra Pasma, Ontario NDP Education critic, released the following statement in response to CUPE’s release of results of the strike vote by their education workers:
“This Conservative government has dragged our children to the brink of more school disruption. Premier Doug Ford and Minister Stephen Lecce have been using our children’s school year as a bargaining chip, to bully the lowest-paid education workers.
The people who drive our children’s school busses and support kids with disabilities in the classroom are incredibly valuable to our children’s safety, education and well-being. Yet this government believes they don’t deserve more than the $39,000 a year they’re making, on average.
By cutting public education, trying to hold wages behind inflation, and lobbing constant attacks at education workers, Stephen Lecce and Doug Ford are putting our kids’ supports at risk. We already have a shortage of these valuable workers — the Conservatives’ attempts to make it worse are despicable.”