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‘Canadian Unions punched bully Ford…in the face’: Canadians react to Ford's repeal of controversial CUPE strike law

The Canadian Union of Public Employees' (CUPE) announced Monday that they will end their mass walkout on Tuesday after Premier Doug Ford offered to rescind the controversial Bill 28 legislation that made the strike illegal.

Laura Walton, president of CUPE Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said that education workers will return to schools on Tuesday.

"This is just the beginning," Walton said. "Our commitment to the people of Ontario, to the parents, to the kids, is we are going back to the table with open minds, open hearts and we're ready to negotiate, and we call on the government to do the exact same."

Ford said in a news conference Monday morning that he will rescind legislation that took away the rights of CUPE education workers if they stop their strike

TORONTO, ON- NOVEMBER 7  -  Canadian Union leaders from public and private sectors gather for a press conference after Premier Doug Ford offered to back down in return for CUPE calling off its strike ahead of the Canadian Unions calling for escalated strike action.  in Toronto. November 7, 2022.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- NOVEMBER 7 - Canadian Union leaders from public and private sectors gather for a press conference after Premier Doug Ford offered to back down in return for CUPE calling off its strike ahead of the Canadian Unions calling for escalated strike action. in Toronto. November 7, 2022. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

"I urge CUPE to continue to talk with us at the bargaining table, we're willing to make a fair deal, one that offers more help for lower income workers. We want a deal that's fair for students, fair for workers, fair for parents and fair for tax payers," he said.

The Toronto District School Board announced that students will be back in class alongside education workers.

"I'm glad CUPE has agreed to withdraw its strike action so kids can return to class. We'll be back at the table to negotiate to a fair deal—for students, parents, workers and taxpayers," Ford tweeted after CUPE's announcement.

Although many people see this as a win for labour unions, others still believe that this move takes the unions and the government to square one. However, CUPE has also pointed out that it is willing to serve strike notice again if talks with the Ford government devolve again. The Union is still in a strike position.

Here is what people are saying about CUPE's decision to end the strike.

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