C.A. Settlement

At the request of the Mediator appointed by the Chief Executive of the Labour Department, the Union will meet with the Fire Service negotiators next week.

Members will be advised of any developments as and if they occur.

The 7.9% (over the last 12 months) in food costs announced today again puts in context Firefighters’ claims for an increase in wages.

No doubt a 7.9% increase is not a lot to someone being paid $360,000 a year, but is very important to New Zealand’s low paid Firefighters.

Region Restructure

The Union has noted the almost universal opposition to these poorly thought out changes.

It would seem the primary criterion to being a member of the team that (supposedly) dreamed up these changes is the ability to count up to 8.

Over recent years the Fire Service has moved from 6 Regions; to 3; then to 8; and now to 5. One can only speculate that the new Chief Executive might as well have a crack at 1 or 2 or 4 or even 9 or 10.

The Union does see it as extraordinary, and hardly International Best Practice, for any Chief Executive, only a few weeks before his departure, to introduce a radical restructure of an organization for his successor to implement and deal with all the fall-out.

In any event, the Union would ask members who may make submissions on the restructure to forward a copy to the Union.

Related Articles

VIEW ALL

Shift start/finish times

One of the ideas that came up during the Auckland Working Group was to change the shift start/finish times to 0700/1700 to reflect the actual times Auckland Firefighters’ work.


St John Ambulance Strike, First Union Members

As members will know, First Union members of St Johns are scheduled to strike on Wednesday 25 November.


Hawkes Bay Local President Election Results

In accordance with Rule B 11.9, of the Rules of the New Zealand Professional Fire Fighters Union INC, I am declaring the results for the position of Hawkes Bay Local President as listed below.