Contract talks between Ontario’s community colleges and the union representing full-time faculty broke off Thursday, so the colleges said they will introduce a new contract of their own.

Colleges Ontario said it will introduce a new contract that gives full-time teachers an eight per cent wage hike over four years after talks with the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union collapsed.

The union said the colleges refused to negotiate in good faith.

“Seldom in my experience as a labour activist have I witnessed such arbitrary, misleading and, frankly, undemocratic behaviour,” OPSEU president Warren Thomas said Thursday in a release. “The union will have no alternative but to go to our membership and seek a strike mandate.”

Rachael Donovan, chair of the colleges’ bargaining team, said the eight per cent increase is in line with other recent public sector agreements, adding the colleges are pleased they did not have to ask for any concessions.

The governing body of Ontario’s community colleges said they can legally introduce new terms once negotiations have broken down.

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