Former Iran envoy Ken Taylor says Ottawa acting mischievous in diplomats strike

OTTAWA – Ken Taylor, the former ambassador behind the 1979 Canadian Caper in Iran, says Canada’s modern-day diplomats are underpaid and will hopefully resolve their unprecedented strike with the government.

Taylor tells The Canadian Press that it is “mischievous” for the Harper government to publicly suggest that its foreign-service officers enjoy coveted jobs with lots of perks.

Taylor was commenting on the government’s main public lines in its stalemate with the 1,350-member union that has been staging rotating job action at more than a dozen foreign missions.

The union wants wage parity with counterparts in other federal departments, who make as much as $14,000 more for doing similar work.

Taylor says the so-called “perks” that Canadian diplomats enjoy allow them to influence people and is not a reason to underpay them.

Taylor is at the Toronto International Film Festival for the debut of the documentary, “Our Man in Tehran,” which describes the Canadian embassy’s role in spiriting six American embassy employees out of Iran during the American hostage crisis.

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