With teachers set to strike this week, schools will be closed on Wednesday and extracurricular events will be without teachers on Thursday and Friday.

That's the latest action in what has been a months-long contest between the provincial government and the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation, which saw negotiations break down back in 2023.

A big part of the job action has been class size and complexity, which the STF wants to be established in a contract.

Estevan MLA Lori Carr says that she wants to see negotiations resume, with the province offering other methods for class size and complexity.

"The teachers union has only been at the table for 30 minutes in the past five months, they're not even attempting to negotiate. The government has put several items forward to deal with class size and complexity, including guaranteed funding for four years. It is unfortunate that this union is penalizing students and teachers when they have put no effort into reaching a resolution."

One recent outreach by the STF included binding arbitration for class size and complexity, which would utilize a neutral third party who would look over the case.

Carr says that they would first like to reopen negotiations with the STF before bringing in an arbitrator.

"Well, I think we have to negotiate in good faith to start with and the teachers union has not been at the table to do that."