Teachers in the province of Ontario, Canada say they will continue with industrial action at the beginning of the next academic year, if no agreement is reached over proposed cuts to education funding. Secondary school teachers have already been on strike in three school districts but have now been forced back to work by legal action taken by the government. 

The   are not primarily about salary increases, although teachers' leaders emphasise that like everyone else, teachers are struggling to keep up with cost of living rises. The state government is attempting to shore up its $10.9 billion budget deficit by attacking conditions in schools. Teachers point out that the government has lowered corporation tax from 14% to 11.5%, so like so many other governments faced with an economic crisis, the Ontario government is attacking public services while giving handouts to business.

The cuts would lift the cap on class sizes, meaning teachers would often be teaching larger classes and students would be unable to get the individual attention which they all need. And employers want to double the amount of time teachers spend doing duties outside of their core work of teaching, like covering for absent colleagues and supervising playground duty. Teachers in the province already work on average for 56 hours a week and cutting further into their self-directed time would make their workload unsustainable. Teachers also object to the introduction of standardised testing which they say is damaging children's education.

All four unions in the province, representing both primary and secondary teachers,  have met and agreed that there would be a work to rule and rolling strike action in the autumn if no agreement is reached.