British Columbia Teachers' Federation says starting on Monday, March 5, public school teachers in the province will hold a three day strike.

BCTF president Susan Lambert made the announcement this morning, just hours after the union revealed its 41,000 members had voted 87 per cent in favour of a walkout.

Lambert says the strike will begin Monday and will continue through Wednesday, with students returning to classes on Thursday, March 8.

She concluded her news conference by saying sometimes it is necessary to stand up to a bully.

Teachers have been staging limited job action since September, refusing administrative tasks such as filling out report cards.

They are seeking improved benefits and a 15 per cent wage increase, while B.C.'s Liberal government is holding firm to a demand for a net zero wage hike for all provincial employees.