CIC Strike

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ahm2307:
Quote from: PMM on June 20, 2013, 06:41:08 pm

Hi


You realize that it is two different unions?  PAFSO represents the Foreign Service Officers who work for Dept. of External affairs, and are on strike.  CIC employees are represented by PSAC who are NOT on strikes.


Well that's good news.

Still, unions have a tendency to pull together if one goes on strike; in this case, PSAC might vote a partial or complete strike to stand "in solidarity" with PAFSO (though, really, it's an opportunistic attempt to kick the government while it's down and try to cash in on the other strike). Let's hope that does not end up happening.

thisisauser:
Quote from: giannetti22 on June 20, 2013, 04:48:55 pm

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been walking out of offices in Canada and overseas.
Posted processing times for both temporary and permanent resident visa applications do not take into account work stoppages.
Anyone applying for a visa should anticipate delays and submit their application as far in advance as possible.
Contingency plans are already in place to ensure all offices remain open and are providing at least a minimum level of service. Priority will be placed on urgent humanitarian applications.
CIC continues to closely monitor the situation.



Does this mean all the applications are going to get delayed??


There is no such thing as a "CIC Strike" happening at this time.

This is why forum needs sticky posts. This nonsense has been posted 200 billion times so far and just worries poor applicants who take it for real.

Different departments of different ministries. No, CEC is NOT affected.

brightredscream:
Then why are media outlets saying that VISAs and immigration are being affected?

DGT:
Quote from: PMM on June 20, 2013, 06:41:08 pm

Hi


You realize that it is two different unions?  PAFSO represents the Foreign Service Officers who work for Dept. of External affairs, and are on strike.  CIC employees are represented by PSAC who are NOT on strikes.


That seems contrary to CIC's own disclaimer though.

ondine:
I work in downtown Ottawa. Today, around lunchtime, i ran into a small demonstration of foreign service workers on strike. I talked to two of them briefly and this is what i found out: 1) there are workers from both CIC and DFAIT on strike; 2) the CIC employee confirmed that the processing of applications would suffer a slowdown.

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