Future of the Firefighters Union

Last week a meeting of the National Committee was convened. The focus of this meeting was to provide leadership and direction to our members after a period of unprecedented disruption.

A number of issues were discussed, of the utmost importance was the leadership and management of some members of the Auckland local executive.

A decision to expel Messer’s John Waldow and Sulu Devoe was carried by this full meeting of the National Committee effective immediately.

Given the number of attempts by the National Committee to resolve matters that were rejected and the subsequent “business as usual” delays inflaming the situation this unprecedented and upsetting decision was made.

The National Committee understand their action will cause some members considerable anger and it is hoped the actions they may take will be considered against the intent behind the need for the National Committees decision.

The unity of your organisation was and still is at stake , the attempts by a local to supersede the National Committee are wrong and also discourteous to other locals as well as damaging to our national reputation and standing.

To those members who sought strong governance and a show of leadership from the National Committee we apologise for the delays but attempts to retain our unity must come first.

To relitigate past matters via social media will heal no wounds. This week will see a new President and progress on appointing a new Secretary , it is hoped that in the immediate future face to face, reasonable and open discussion can fully inform our members of what may help your Union move forward in a more progressive and cohesive manner in the future.

The National Committee also hope Mr Waldow and Mr Devoe take time to immediately reflect on their actions and that an immediate focus on finding a way forward is sought , agreed and adhered to. Our wish is for all to be part of our Union and our pride in, and desire for all Auckland members to continue to be and remain with your Union is of the utmost importance not just to the National Committee but to the wider New Zealand membership.

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