BCTF Online Museum

1974 Surrey Walkout to Protest Large Classes

In 1974, Surrey teachers walked out of their classrooms and traveled to Victoria to protest large class sizes. The BCTF negotiated a major addition of teachers over several years to dramatically reduce the pupil-teacher ratio. Thousands of additional teachers were hired across the province.  

Peter Thomson, “Surrey teachers’ strike 1974,” Teacher Newsmagazine, v.12 n.7, May/June 2000

In this 2017 video produced by the BC Labour Heritage Centre, leaders and participants in the February 15, 1974 Surrey walkout recall the events of the illegal strike and negotiations that led to a dramatic reduction of class sizes achieved by the actions of Surrey teachers on this eventful day.

1974 Surrey protest article, part 1

1974 Surrey protest article, part 2