Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Being held hostage: a person seized or held as security for the fulfillment of a condition. Split Shifted Teachers

Watching, reading, listening, ..... all this noise from ten years of "negotiations" between the BC Liberal Government and the BCTF, where, reportedly, children and parents are being held as "hostages".

Strong word: Hostages

As each day passes during "negotiations", the BC Liberal Government SAVES money by not paying it's employees for the days they are participating in a LEGAL rotating strike, held within the confines of the Essential Service Act.  Fair enough.  There's an added bonus (for the Government law authors) by carving out 10% of employees take-home pay by implementing a Split Shift, which is legal in British Columbia, but not, when there's a bare bones rider:
 Employees covered by a collective agreement
Under s.3 of the Act, where a collective agreement contains any provision respecting hours of work or overtime, the provisions of this section do not apply. If a collective agreement does not contain any provision respecting hours of work or overtime, Part 4 except s.37 is deemed to be incorporated in the collective agreement as part of its terms.

The BC LRB are reviewing the legality of the negotiators for Education Minister Fassbender.   For those not familiar with contracts in BC, a Collective Agreement remains in effect until a new contract is signed.


Can you just imagine, knowing that an Agreement is still in place but being told when to attend and to sit on your hands for 10% of your time, and wait for the other "hostages" to return to the building.  Who's the hostage here?  Children, Parents, Teachers, Support Staff, Taxpayers, Government?



In this mornings Vancouver Sun there is an article titled "Best to keep terrorist deals under the radar" (would that be the same radar that was used with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST?????) by the BC Liberals).

The article, written by Douglas Quan, is NOT available online with the Vancouver Sun, only in hard copy.  With a little digging here, and there, a copy does exist on line with PostMedia's other stillborn child, the Calgary Herald, but with a lemon twist of the title:  "'Plausible deniability' key in hostage talks".

Douglas Quan has chosen Calgary's title over Vancouver's.
The Quan File

All through the article by Douglas Quan, I kept interchanging, comparing, the negotiations tactics used to free the hostages....... because that's the word, hostage, that keeps cropping up in the Press stories on British Columbia's handling of the negotiations with its employees, and Canada on the international stage of various scenarios.

"We always have negotiated with terrorists - we just don't like to admit it," said Fred Burton, a former U.S. State Department special agent and now vice-president of intelligence at Texas-based Stratfor, a private global intelligence gathering firm.

"It's always better to give that plausible deniability if you can introduce a middle man ... to do your bidding. But I think in many ways, at the end of the day, the public sees through those charades."
Ah, the word Terrorist:   the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims

Collective Agreements in BC does not contain:

Violence

Intimidation

Political aims



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