OTTAWA – Striking diplomats should get back to work, Treasury Board President Tony Clement said Tuesday, because he’s not about to fold “like a $3 suitcase” in the ongoing stalemate between the two sides.
But the head of the striking Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers said the union is prepared to extend the strike into the fall if necessary.
Clement and Tim Edwards, the union president, both dug in their heels in separate interviews Tuesday after engaging in a heated exchange on Twitter.
The tough talk on both sides does not bode well for the resolution of an unprecedented job action that has reportedly stalled visa processing in Canadian foreign embassies.
That has tourism groups estimating that the strike could cost the industry $280 million this summer, while some foreign students have been forced to withdraw from Canadian university courses because they can’t get visas in time.
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