OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Today, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) and the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) have officially signed the new collective agreement for the Foreign Services (FS) group.
In May, PAFSO, the union representing the over 2,000 employees of Canada’s professional Foreign Service, held a vote to ratify the tentative agreement reached earlier that month. By the close of the vote, a majority of the union’s membership had cast ballots with over 95% voting in support of the agreement reached on May 9. This represents an absolute majority of PAFSO’s total membership.
The new collective agreement can be downloaded here.
“This new agreement delivers many significant economic gains for our members,” said Pamela Isfeld, President of PAFSO. “But, beyond this, it delivers several other improvements, such as provisions concerning overtime, the lowering of the threshold for accessing more leave, improved flexibility for our indigenous colleagues wishing to participate in traditional practices to name just a few.”
As of today’s signing, all of the agreement’s provisions are in effect. TBS has 180 days to complete its implementation, and it is set to remain in effect until June 30, 2026.
The Collective Bargaining Committee