WHAT IS PAFSO?
PAFSO is both YOUR UNION and YOUR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
- Founded in 1968, PAFSO serves as the bargaining agent for the FS occupational group
- PAFSO protects the status and standards of the Foreign Service as a key profession in the public service
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?
PAFSO represents approximately 2,000 members from the Foreign Service (FS) professional group. The vast majority of our members work for one of two departments: Global Affairs Canada and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
PAFSO has as a mission to represent the interests of our members by acting as their bargaining agent, protecting the status and standards of their profession, maintaining and promoting the effective functioning of the Foreign Service of Canada, and formulating and expressing the collective view of members on matters affecting them.
WHAT ARE OUR VALUES?
PAFSO pursues its mission in a way that reflects Canadian values of Equality, Diversity, Fairness, Professionalism, Respect, Transparency and Good Governance.
WHAT IS OUR VISION?
PAFSO is a well-governed, highly-trusted, effective and modern organization with strong relationships with members, staff and stakeholders. Through effective collective bargaining, labour relations services, and advocacy, outreach and engagement, we promote and strengthen Canada’s professional Foreign Service and to counter any threat of its erosion.
WHAT CAN PAFSO DO FOR YOU?
- Negotiates with the employer all the terms and conditions of employment as set out in the collective agreement
- Works with the National Joint Council to develop the Foreign Service Directives (FSDs)
- Represent its members to defend their rights and interests as established by law and the collective agreement
- Represent its members in various consultation fora with the employer
MORE THAN A BARGAINING AGENT
PAFSO’s aim is also to:
- Further the interests of its members
- Protect the status and standards of their profession
- Maintain and promote the effective functioning of the Foreign Service of Canada
- Provide opportunities for professional development
- Formulate and express the collective views of the membership
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Association is governed by an executive committee. This consists of a full-time paid president as well as 14 volunteer positions representing each of the 5 home streams.
The members serve a term of 2 years. Committee elections are held each fall at the Annual General Meeting.
The PAFSO National Office provides secretariat, communications and advocacy services to our members while our Labour Relations Advisors advise members on a wide range of employment issues on both a formal and informal basis.
PAFSO is committed to defending the interests of its members on important issues such as:
- Occupational health and safety
- The internal staffing process
- Managing the COVID-19 crisis
- Havana syndrome
PAFSO’s professional staff is committed to ensure that our members receive the highest level of service: a comprehensive assesment of their situation, competent and well-informed advice, and the most appropriate redress processes all in order to achieve the timeliest and best possible outcomes.
- Communicating all relevant information to the member
- Evaluate the details of the case
- Offer the member an informed opinion
- And defend their interests with representatives of the employer, an arbitration board or other administrative tribunal
OTHER ADVANTAGES OF BEING A PAFSO MEMBER
- The PAFSO insurance plan
- The annual PAFSO Awards gala dinner
- PAFSO breakfasts, seminars and the yearly professional development conference
The annual PAFSO photo contest and calendar
Advocacy and public awareness campaigns
A great and diverse network of professionals
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