On September 26, 2013, an agreement was reached between the union representing Foreign Service officers and the Treasury Board, effectively ending one of the longest strikes in the federal public service history. The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by union members before it can be put in place, moves the union members much closer to salaries equal to other civil servants who do similar work and who sometimes take the place of Foreign Service officers on postings abroad.
The president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) indicated that the agreement meant that all strike measures would cease immediately. This is definitely welcome news! However this public service strike has left a significant backlog of work and the PAFSO also stated it will take months to clear.
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