* Updated – Diplomats’ Job Action Will Affect Some Visa Applications

Staff in 12 Canadian missions abroad have escalated a work-to-rule action, which has affected services, including Visa processing, in those countries.

Members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers have taken action since the union was placed in a legal strike position, earlier this spring. The union has asked for the matter to be sent to binding arbitration; Treasury Board President Tony Clement had until noon July 23 to decide whether to accept the union’s offer.

London, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong offices are affected. Immigration officers in some of Canada’s largest processing centres in China and India walked off the job on Thursday.

Tim Edwards, president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, said “It’s clear we need to bring pressure at the political level so job action measures and walkouts are intended to target the government’s highest priority international files and all cabinet travel abroad, including that of the Prime Minister.”

Read more:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/22/canadas_foreign_service_strike_hurting_tourism_creating_backlogs.html

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Mass+walkouts+diplomats+Ottawa+missions+abroad/8488763/story.html#ixzz2VTsCf700

Globe & Mail story.

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