Ontario Liberals to repeal controversial Bill 115 Wednesday
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:50AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:34PM EST
TORONTO -- The governing Liberals say they're repealing the controversial law that has outraged Ontario's public school teachers.
The change is to take effect tomorrow, and comes only four months after the law was passed.
Bill 115 allowed the Liberals to impose contracts on about 126,000 teachers and education workers -- freezing most teachers' wages and cutting their benefits.
The legislation sparked major protests by teachers' unions and the withdrawal of extracurricular activities by high school teachers.
Education Minister Laurel Broten says she hopes repealing the law will remove what became a lightening rod in the province's labour battle with teachers.
Broten says she hopes the repeal will result in the resumption of extracurricular and voluntary work by teachers.
Several unions have already put the wheels in motion to fight the legislation in court, calling it unconstitutional and a violation of their right to strike.
Teachers stage protests against Bill 115 in this file photo.