Strike action continues at BCIT



More strike action notice is given and some job action at BCIT recommences today and continues to affect students as more classes are cancelled and more strike action notice is given.

Students in the International Student Entry Program (ISEP) don’t have class today as the members of the Faculty Staff Association (FSA) who teach the program at BCIT’s Downtown Campus will be withdrawing their services today. No picketing activity is reported to be part of this job action. All other classes, services and programs will progress as scheduled at the Downtown Campus.

The British Columbia Government Employees’ Union (BCGEU) Vocational Instructors’ Union (Trades Instructors) has formally served BCIT with 72-hour strike notice. BCIT has not been notified of any specific job action from this group of employees who are now in a legal position to commence job action on Friday, November 23.

The FSA is the largest union at any college or institute in B.C. and represents instructors in part-time studies, day school instructors, professionals in the library, student services in counselling and IT, technical staff in the technology programs and assistant instructors.

The BCGEU is the union representing support staff and some instructors at BCIT. There are approximately 434 support staff at BCIT’s Burnaby campus which include Administrative Assistants, Graphic Artists, Buyers, Technicians, Cashiers, Clerks and Receptionists.

– All photos courtesy of Blanca Brandon[hr]

Neetu was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley (minus the few toddler years she spent living in Punjab, India where her line of heritage is from). She moved to the lower mainland to attend BCIT and is now in her graduating year of the Broadcast and Online Journalism Program. Her writing and editing for Link magazine often happens late at night because when she's not at school she works as a reporter and anchor for CKNW Newstalk 980 and is also involved in the start up of a charity called the Beautiful World Foundation. She loves to travel and feels fortunate to be in a field where she can share the stories of interesting and inspiring people from around the world.

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