Vince Ready agrees to mediate between BCTF and BC government

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Vancouver: Mediator Vince Ready has agreed to mediate talks between the BC Teachers’ Federation and BC government.

In a joint statement released, the BCTF and the province early in the summer, both the parties met for exploratory discussions with Justice Stephen Kelleher.  The statement said, “BC Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker and Peter Cameron, BCPSEA chief negotiator, want to express their appreciation to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of BC for making Justice Kelleher available to assist the parties.”

Statement says that at the request of both the parties, Vince Ready indicated his availability this week and later in August. The parties then asked Ready to engage with them in exploratory talks.  Following telephone contact with the parties last weekend, Ready met separately with the parties on August 13. Ready agreed to monitor the situation, and to resume exploratory talks or commence full mediation when he believes it will be productive.