Novia Scotia is the latest province in Canada to see teachers saying no to reform and austerity. Although the teachers union had recommended acceptance of a new contract, on the grounds that if it wasn't accepted it would be imposed, 61% of members voted to reject it in an electronic ballot this week with 94% of members taking part. 

President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) said in a statement: 'It’s clear that given the result of the vote, and the many concerns we’ve heard leading up to the vote today that teachers are feeling undervalued and overwhelmed within the current education system.'

Members are worried not only about their pay, which will be frozen for two years, but also about suspected plans to change certification, the school day and other measures which will increase teachers' workload still further. Teachers say class sizes are already too big and school buildings in disrepair.

Meanwhile management sources say: 'All kinds of education reform can go on' - despite the vote, amongst the reforms mentioned - improved data collection. This is a scenario recognised by teachers globally, as their jobs become more burdensome and less money is put into providing sufficient teachers and decent infrastructure, data collection and the concomitant workload and bullying is ramped up.

Earlier this year teachers in Ontario province engaged in a long campaign against austerity and the struggle in Quebec is still ongoing.