As reported, the union that represents +100,000 workers in Canada has taken strike action. This is within their right, as part of their negotiation process. Clarke Immigration Law has no direct or indirect contact with any members of the union; however, we support unions and Alastair Clarke recently gave a presentation to UFCW. We support all workers, including foreign workers in Canada. We are all in the same boat.
The PSAC strike will have a significant impact on immigration. Here are a few points that may relate to your situation:
- The tribunal has announced that hearings may be affected.
- Members (Adjudicators) are not unionized and they will continue to hear cases.
- The tribunal has some workers on contract who may be filling positions.
- Expect delays.
- Inland processing will be affected
- We expect delays and additional backlogs.
- The portals are able to function and we can submit applications online.
- These Officers are considered essential services and border crossings will continue to operate
- Flag poling may be available, depending on the individual POEs.
- Inland biometrics seem to be closed.
- LMIA applications may be affected and we expect significant delays.
We are in contact with our colleagues from across Canada. We have heard reports of RPD matters have been canceled, without notice. Clearly, this strike is going to have a significant negative impact on many people. We urge both sides to negotiate in good faith.