It has come to the attention of the Northern Branch that staff are not being informed or are not claiming entitlements as prescribed in the Collective Agreement for Uniformed and Communication Centre Employees between the New Zealand Fire Service and the New Zealand Professional Firefighters’ Union, as laid out in 5.6.7 Entitlements, Processes & Authorisations when attending Fire Service Training Courses.

This policy is for all employees when they are required to attend Fire Service training courses “…result of an employee undertaking such training as a trainee, or in certain circumstances a trainer”.

There may, from time to time, by agreement between the NZPFU and the NZFS, be a need to vary from this agreement but these discussions/consultations must take place between these parties prior to any variation occurring.

If there is an agreed variation from this policy, then your Local NZPFU Representative will be informed of this variation so all members can be informed and/or notified as required. Such variation would be for that situation, so no staff member could be disadvantaged in the future.

If staff are aware of any problems that do arise from time to time, please do not hesitate to contact your Local Representative in the first instance to resolve or clarify the situation, or a Northern Branch Representative to resolve any problems that may occur.

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