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Canadian immigration worker strike

Discussion in 'Skilled Worker / Professional Immigration' started by tashford, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Media advisory - Canada's Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers announce immediate withdrawal of services at key international posts and at Headquarters
    OTTAWA, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of ongoing efforts to bring Treasury Board back to the negotiating table, Canada's Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) will withdraw services in a number of international locations and at Headquarters in Ottawa, effective immediately.

    The interruption of services will take place at the following locations: London (immigration section), Buenos Aires, Santiago, and at HQ in the International Economic Relations & Summits Division, Treaty Law Division, North America Bureau, North America Policy & Relations Division, Director General for Africa, Eastern & Southern Africa Relations Division.

    Canada's Foreign Service Officers are in a legal strike position and will be maintaining pressure on the government headquarters until Treasury Board returns to the negotiating table for a substantive and genuine discussion on addressing the pay inequities Today's announcement is the next step in a series of coordinated activities to take place this Spring including 'Information Pickets' held in Ottawa, Washington DC, London and Mexico City. PAFSO members are in the midst work-to-rule campaign both at headquarters and at foreign posts.

    The primary issue at hand is PAFSO's request for equal pay for equal work. Specifically, the union is seeking wage adjustments to keep Foreign Service Officer pay in line with comparable occupational groups. Canada's Foreign Service Officers help create Canadian jobs and build prosperity by providing critical support for Canadian businesses and promoting Canadian values abroad, in addition to being critical link to the smooth operation of Canada's immigration system.

    PAFSO representatives will be available for comment and can be booked for.

    Who: Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), Canada's Foreign Service Officer union.
    What: PAFSO is announcing the withdrawal of services in posts in key international locations and at Headquarters in Ottawa.
    Where: London (immigration section)
    Buenos Aires
    Santiago
    International Economic Relations & Summits Division (HQ)
    Treaty Law Division (HQ)
    North America Bureau (HQ)
    North America Policy & Relations Division (HQ)
    Director General for Africa (HQ)
    Eastern & Southern Africa Relations Division (HQ)
    When: Effective immediately
    Why: The primary issue at hand is PAFSO's request for equal pay for equal work. Specifically, the union is seeking wage adjustments to keep Foreign Service Officer pay in line with comparable occupational groups. "We will continue rotating withdrawals of service at key missions abroad and units at headquarters until Treasury Board returns to the negotiating table for a substantive and genuine discussion on addressing the pay inequities to which Canadian diplomats are subjected." (Tim Edwards, President, PAFSO.)
    SOURCE: Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO)

    For further information:
    Frederic Fournier
    media@pafso-apase.com
    613-790-5402
     
  2. They go to the discussion table tomorrow (June 3rd). Hopefully there should be some settlement.
     
  3. How long do you think the processing time will be off the London office
     
  4. Does CHC New Delhi workers are also in strike.
     
  5. I hope Paris Visa office will not be effected, :-[ :-[
     
  6. Ridiculous ! We will be stuck again
     
  7. Yes, Paris, India has also gone on strike :(

    From a Press Release - "They were followed by the walkout of another 100 foreign service officers at a dozen key Canadian missions abroad.
    These include London, Paris and Dublin — destinations for a major European trip by Harper next week that includes a stop at the G8 summit.
    The missions involved in Thursday’s walkout include Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Ramallah and, Hong Kong, as well as the immigration sections at Canada’s two largest visa-processing centres in Beijing and New Delhi."
     
  8. Not only is there a clear lack of service provided to immigrants who eagerly need assistance in immigration matters, but now we all have to put up with this too? Its so utterly disappointing. Atleast give immigrants the power to either have the ability to view their applications status online (which I am unable to do so regarding my visa application) or allow your call center agents to give us that information.

    Calls are never answered, emails go to a black hole in space again no one answers those either. What are my options here immigration Canada?

    Seriously, take some responsibility!
     
  9. i know, this process takes long enough as it is
     
  10. Wow !!!
    Already I have been waiting for my Work Permit for so long and now this Strike.
    Ridiculous
     
  11. ??? i think we have to forget immigration
     
  12. I know what's the point
     
  13. http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2013/06/07/strike-by-canadian-diplomats-spreads-worldwide/

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/touch/news/canada/Breaking+Mass+walkouts+diplomats+Ottawa+missions+abroad/8488763/story.html?rel=825269
     
  14. We might aswell give up now
     
  15. Pretty much. Sorry, but we have to do what we have to do... unfortunately. Please feel free to write a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Kenney telling him to encourage his government to offer a fair deal to Immigration employees and pay them the same as others doing the same work.

    jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca

    Or give him a tweet telling him to solve the problem. This issue is coming from the highest levels, the more pressure they receive, the more likely this is to get resolved and you can come to Canada. :)

    https://twitter.com/kenneyjason
     

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