Clock to begin on potential Nova Scotia teachers strike after report filed

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia”s education minister says a conciliator has filed a report in the contract dispute with the province”s 9,000 unionized teachers.

Government officials say that means beginning Wednesday the union will have to wait 44 days before it can give a 48-hour strike notice.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has scheduled a strike vote for Oct. 25.

Karen Casey also says she wrote to union president Liette Doucet on Monday asking for further discussions on classroom working conditions, which teachers say is the main reason they rejected a tentative deal earlier this month.

Casey says the intent is to get a formalized structure in place to address those concerns.

The union rejected the government”s most recent contract offer with about 70 per cent of the membership who voted saying no.