HALIFAX - Striking janitors have ended their brief occupation of a school in Halifax after other strikers persuaded them to leave.
At least seven custodians locked the doors of J.L. Ilsley High School early Monday morning, forcing the cancellation of classes for 1,500 students. About 40 strikers outside the building also prevented anyone from going in all morning.
The janitors agreed to come out Monday afternoon after their colleagues convinced them they had made their point. Police had threatened to remove them by force if necessary. Some were later taken to the police station.
Four hundred custodians have been on strike for more than seven weeks. Job security and shift scheduling are the main sticking points.
The school board has asked the province to appoint a mediator but the government says it wants to see certain unnamed conditions met first.
The janitors want the province to intervene to end the strike.
Larry Wark of the Canadian Auto Workers said the janitors spent the morning cleaning the school, which he said was full of dust and filthy.
Wark said the protesters have taken pictures of the rooms to prove they're not being cleaned properly, something the province denies.
Written by CBC News Online staff
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