Striking diplomats, Ottawa reach tentative deal on rotating job action

OTTAWA – Treasury Board President Tony Clement says the federal government and Canada’s striking diplomats have reached a tentative agreement.

Clement says in a statement that he signed a tentative agreement with Tim Edwards, President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers.

The union and government have been at odds for months as the union’s 1,350 members staged rotating job action at the Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa and more than a dozen missions abroad.

The foreign service staff were seeking parity with their counterparts in other federal departments, who they say make as much as $14,000 more per year for similar work.

The union, which has been without a contract since mid-2011, has been in a legal strike position since April.

Details of the settlement were not immediately available.

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