Catholic teachers in the province were set to strike this week, but that has been put on hold.

The mediator working with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association announced on Friday that they and the provincial government has been called back to the negotiating table. The union has been given assurance that there will be meaningful discussions.

President of the OECTA Liz Stuart called Friday’s joint strike held by the four major teachers’ unions “historic” adding that it displayed the passion and dedication of teachers and education workers across Ontario.

Strikes were planned for the upcoming week, but with the union’s team heading back to the negotiation table, they have been called off. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board would have been one of the board affected by the rotating strikes. That means school will be in session as normal for students at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School.

“Should negotiation cease being productive, further strike action will be announced,” Stuart says.