Collective Agreement Negotiations

The parties met last week using the assistance of a Mediator from the Labour Department.

The Union was represented by Steve Warner, Denis Fitzmaurice and Derek Best, and the employer by Janine Hearn, Brett Warwick and Larry Cocker.

No new offer was presented by the employer. However, there was considerable discussion regarding Fire Service budgeting issues, including the High Court action the Fire Service is pursuing concerning Fire Service Levy Avoidance Schemes.

The Union notes the intention of Fisher & Paykel HealthCare workers to take industrial action. The employer’s offer (which has been rejected) is a 3% pay rise for 11 months and then a further 2% for 11 months.

Industrial Action

It is an inherent factor in the type of industrial action that Firefighters can take (given the classic option of “walking off the job” available to most other workers is not an obvious option for Firefighters) that it must take time to become effective and this must lead to frustration amongst members.

This is inevitable and members must be alert to the consequences of feelings of frustration at “things not happening fast enough”. Communication, it must be remembered, is a two‐way street between the Union membership and leadership. Therefore, if you have questions, concerns, suggestions etc., please communicate these to a Committee member.

Region Restructure

The Union repeats its request as in Newsletter No. 35 – 26 August that if you are making a submission on the Restructure, please forward a copy to the Union Office.

The Union has advised the Fire Service that issues relating to: 
- Job Description/Titles/Position/Job Losses and Pay Rates
must be negotiated with the Union and that the co‐called consultation proposed is quite inadequate.

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The Auckland Local wishes all members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Auckland Office will be closed from the afternoon of Friday 23 December 2022, reopening on Monday 9 January 2023.


Ratification Meeting next Tuesday 13th Dec at 5pm

As you will be well aware by now, we have finally reached an agreed term of settlement in the negotiation for a new CEA. The NZPFU is recommending members accept it and ratify the settlement offer. The National Committee has completely wrung out the sponge for every possible drop of benefit to members, and it's now our turn to act.


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SIGNIFICANT SETTLEMENT OFFERED TO NZPFU MEMBERS

Christmas cheer may have come a little earlier for NZPFU members with the NZPFU National Committee today releasing and recommending ratification of a proposed settlement with FENZ. After 18 gruelling months of negotiations and six months of industrial action including all NZPFU members walking off the job twice, the NZPFU members have just received the detail of the proposed settlement that the NZPFU recommends members’ accept.