All are welcome to hear the good news! The Strike Update is back!re’s a new IRCC Strike Update! The Government of Canada Then, there is the Public Service Alliance of Canada The (PSAC), in a tentative agreement, has agreed to end the IRCC Strike that affects over 155,000 employees, including those of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. After ratification of the agreement, the affected employees will return to work on May 1, 2023.
The Labour strike started on April 19. Striking employees were demanding flexible working conditions and higher wages, to deal with inflation.
The Honourable Mona FortierIn an official statement, the President of Treasury Board said:
“We are pleased to have reached tentative agreements with the Public Service Alliance of Canada for the Core Public Administration after many weeks of hard work, negotiation, and compromise. The best deals are reached at the bargaining table—we respect the right to negotiate and appreciate Canadians’ patience and understanding over the past two weeks. We appreciate the hard work of public servants across the country who serve Canadians. We look forward to their return. These deals are fair, competitive, and reasonable, and bring stability to public servants and Canadians.”
The IRCC also confirmed a resumption through their official Twitter account.
As of May 1, 9:00am EST, the IRCC Social Media Team is back to full capacity. They will be answering questions via Direct Messages (DM).
— IRCC (@CitImmCanada) May 1, 2023
IRCC’s regular Express Entry draw was held last Wednesday despite strike. 3,500 applicants were invited to apply for permanent resident via Canada Express Entry. From now on, we’ll see the IRCC employees return to work, which will restore the application process.
Passports and non-essential government services, which were suspended during the strike, will resume. The backlog of over 1 week will likely cause delays in processing applications, citizenship ceremonies and in-person appointment.
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Exam Prestige published the first article IRCC Strike: Update on Worker Unions and Canada Government’s Agreement to End Dispute.