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April 12th, 2013
April 12th, 2013

AJC Supports PAFSO Job Action

Canada's Foreign Service officers began job action last week after their 1,500-member union declared it was in a legal strike position.

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), which includes more than 600 Canadian diplomats in overseas missions, has been without a contract since mid-2011.

PAFSO wants to bring Treasury Board back to the table, to address a key problem: the fact that its members are underpaid in comparison to their counterparts doing similar work in other departments.

This is a similar situation in which members of the AJC found themselves for years. While our members are still underpaid compared to their provincial comparators, it is only with hard fought negotiation that the AJC managed to negotiate a deal which reduced the salary gap. To achieve a similar result however, Treasury Board must be prepared to negotiate in good faith with PAFSO.

While this is taking place, AJC members are expected to report to work as scheduled. However, you should never attempt to cross any picket line where you believe your personal safety is at risk. If you encounter a picket line or if access to your place of work is interfered with, you are entitled to request that the employer provide you an escort.

For more information, you can consult Treasury Board policy on strikes in the federal public service.

At the same time, the AJC also encourages you to express solidarity for PAFSO members. They certainly deserve our support!

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