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Conestoga College students make their voices heard: faculty strike now in 5th week

Last Updated Nov 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm EDT

About fifty Conestoga College students held a rally in the cold and damp today to have their voices heard, as the college faculty strike begins Week 5.

A dozen students with signs stood and cheered at each corner of Homer Watson and Conestoga College Boulevard.

Sara Duncan George, one of the co-organizers of the rally, tells 570NEWS the students are not taking sides in the ongoing strike, they just want to be back in class.

Students were holding signs, some of them saying, “My paid tuition is a contract,” and “We are people not pawns!”

A more whimsical student sign included a drawing of light sabres and said, “The students strike back.”

A Facebook posting issued the call for the rally, saying it is not an attack on either side of the bargaining table, but rather a way to ensure that students’ voices are also being heard.

It comes after Ontario’s Labour Relations Board set a date for striking faculty to vote on the College Employers Council’s final offer.

Balloting will take place online from Tuesday to Thursday.