Ontario college students are fed up. Following an open letter sent to Ontario officials earlier this week, student leaders met with Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews yesterday.
But no progress was made. Following her meeting with students, which included a rally of students and faculty outside of her offices at the Ministry of Education, Matthews said that she understands the frustration college students are feeling, but that Ontario government has to remain neutral and let the bargaining process work for itself.
But with no negotiations taking place between Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council, student leaders from 8 Ontario colleges are making good on their word and heading to Queen's Park today to broadcast their grievances.
The march was expected - student leaders said earlier this week that if the government did not intervene and facilitate negotiations by October 26th, then they would march to Queen's Park.
And if no resolution is met, the 8 student leaders will be attending a rally next Wednesday organized by the College Students Alliance. No talks have taken place between the OPSEU and the College Employer Council since October 15th.
In a protest of their own, faculty from Fanshawe College have a rally planned for this morning in London. The rally is organized by a division that represents the College's 800 striking faculty members and will be taking place in at Victoria Park, beginning at 11:30 am.
From there, they plan to march to the constituency office of Deb Matthews, the Advanced Education Minister that student leaders met with Wednesday.
Source: Global News