julio 18, 2013 a las 3:41 pm #327003MessifanMiembro
De la pagina de Facebook de PAFSO:
Statement by the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers: Offer of Binding Arbitration
Tim Edwards, President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), issued the following statement on July 18, 2013 in Ottawa:
“In light of the severe and mounting impacts of job action by Canadaʼs Foreign Service on our countryʼs tourism, education, air transport, and agriculture sectors – to say
nothing of the effects which delays in visa and immigrant processing are inflicting on applicants and their families around the world – PAFSO has today offered the President
of the Treasury Board to take our dispute to binding third-party arbitration.
“PAFSOʼs offer will expire at noon on Tuesday, July 23. If we do not receive acceptance in writing from the employer by then, we will deem the Government to have rejected the
“The key issue since day one has been equal pay for equal work in comparison to other federal government professionals. This issue has been festering for eight years. We were prevented from resolving these salary gaps in 2009 when the Government circumvented collective bargaining and imposed wages through legislation. Despite
PAFSO accepting the employerʼs two key demands in the current round of bargaining, the Government has refused to acknowledge this salary discrimination. Job action was
the only tool left to us under the laws which govern collective bargaining.
“Eliminating wage gaps between Foreign Service officers and comparable professional groups in the federal public service would cost $4.2 million, a tiny fraction of the massive fallout the Government is inflicting on the Canadian economy through their inflexibility. The Governmentʼs reluctance to settle this dispute – for what amounts to 1.5% of the estimated fallout on tourism alone – is unreasonable and irresponsible. It is in everyoneʼs best interest that the dispute be resolved as soon as possible.
“PAFSO is not as eager as our employer to keep playing a game of ʻchickenʼ while Jeopardizing the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Canadians nationwide. PAFSO has heard the concerns of Canadians and Canadian businesses. This is why we have taken the decision to act responsibly and commit to finding alternate solutions in the face of the Governmentʼs stubborn refusal to compromise.
“We are prepared to maintain our strike through the summer and deep into the fall if necessary. We would prefer that the employer accept our offer of binding arbitration so we can get back to doing what we do best: building a more prosperous, secure, and diverse future for Canada. If the Government sincerely believes its offer is ʻfair and reasonableʼ, they should have no concerns with presenting that position to an independent third party. We await the Governmentʼs response.”
Contact: [email protected]julio 23, 2013 a las 11:01 pm #327210AdrianMiembro
Pudiera estar cerca el fin de la huelga.
Gobierno federal y funcionarios de inmigración canadiense aceptan arbitraje para solucionar conflicto
El arbitraje podría poner fin al conflicto en muy corto tiempo. Sin embargo, la Asociación Profesional de Funcionarios del Servicio Exterior declaró que “hasta que no se llegue a un acuerdo, no habrá ningún cambio en las medidas de paralización del trabajo.”
Aquí la nota completa:julio 28, 2013 a las 10:46 am #327279JamesMiembro
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement by the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers:
PAFSO Responds to Government’s Rejection of Arbitration
[Ottawa – July 26, 2013] Shortly before noon today, PAFSO received a letter from the President of the Treasury Board in which he rejected our offer of binding arbitration. Minister Clement’s decision was based on the grounds that PAFSO would not accept all six of the preconditions he wanted to impose on the arbitration process.
The Canadian public must understand two key facts:
1. Two of Treasury Board’s preconditions were so paralyzing that their acceptance would have predetermined the outcome of arbitration in the Government’s favour and negated the purpose and integrity of the process. Specifically, they wanted to exclude from consideration any mention of other professional groups in government who perform the same work as us – often in neighbouring offices – which has been at the heart of our position since day one.
2. PAFSO made a reasonable and responsible effort at finding common ground by accepting two of the six preconditions, and committing to a goodwill gesture – a suspension of service withdrawals while arbitration is ongoing – which would have satisfied a third.
Let us be clear: PAFSO has not rejected binding arbitration. We offered it in the first place. We agreed to pursue it even with three of Treasury Board’s preconditions. This offer still stands.
If Minister Clement truly believes his offer is “fair and reasonable”, he would not have shied away from arbitration without preconditions. Rather, he would have welcomed the opportunity to submit his offer to independent scrutiny. Instead, he sought to stack the deck in his favour by cherry-picking criteria which would have favoured Treasury Board’s position. He is trying to tilt the playing field to the Government’s advantage, and is clearly uninterested in a fair contest.
The Government has reached tentative agreements in two other long-outstanding contract negotiations during the last month, and will return to the table on Monday to address a third. PAFSO is one of the smallest unions in the federal government. Equal pay for our members could be achieved for $4.2 million – 1.5% of the impact this strike is having on the tourism sector alone. PAFSO can only conclude that the Government is behaving prejudicially toward the Foreign Service and is therefore negotiating in bad faith. This should be of serious concern to all Canadians.
Effective MONDAY (JULY 29), in order to persuade the Government that binding arbitration remains the responsible way forward to resolve our dispute, PAFSO MEMBERS WILL WITHDRAW ALL SERVICES until further notice at Canada’s fifteen largest visa processing centres abroad: Abu Dhabi, Ankara, Beijing, Cairo, Delhi/Chandigarh, Hong Kong, London, Manila, MEXICO CITY, Moscow, Paris, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, and Shanghai.
We take no pleasure whatsoever in these strike actions and their real, severe, and mounting effects on the Canadian economy. But it should now be evident to all Canadians that from this point forward the Government of Canada bears sole and complete responsibility for these impacts. PAFSO encourages all individuals, businesses, and industry associations with a stake in the outcome of our dispute to intervene with the Government and urge them to bargain freely and flexibly with their own employees.
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