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Ottawa agrees to arbitration with striking foreign service workers

There is a ray of hope in the strike by Canadian foreign service officers after Ottawa agreed to the union’s offer of binding arbitration.

Just minutes before the union’s noon deadline Tuesday, Treasury Board President Tony Clement took up the offer with undisclosed conditions attached.

The ball is now on the court of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) whether it will agree to those conditions. Until then, the union said the job action by its 1,350 members continues.

In June 2013 foreign service officers  agreed to go on strike in protest of what they believe is unequal pay across government departments. This strike is the first of its kind since the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) was created 46 years ago.

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