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1919 Victoria Strike

The first teachers' strike in the British Empire occurred in Victoria in 1919. One hundred and seventy-eight teachers refused to work for two days over a salary dispute. When the Provincial Secretary refused to intervene on the behalf of the school board, a negotiated settlement ensued. As a result, the BCTF convinced the new Department of Education to establish arbitration as an acceptable process for salary matters.

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