NZPFU members are taking lawful industrial action when not complying with the latest notice issued by FENZ as the NZPFU strike notice expressly includes non- compliance with any such policy or rule.

Today FENZ issued a National Notice informing staff that “writing, drawing, painting, stickers or otherwise applying words or pictures to Fire and Emergency property (including uniform)” would not be tolerated and could result in disciplinary action.

In doing so, FENZ has issued a rule which comes within the notified strike notice which expressly includes “union members will not comply with any policy of FENZ which prohibits public statements or public actions which reflect negatively on FENZ in relation to the collective bargaining or embarrasses FENZ in relation to the collective bargaining.  This would include non-compliance with any policy or rule which prohibits visible union badges, union clothing or union signage or placards of flags”.

It will be unlawful for FENZ to discipline anyone undertaking lawful industrial action and would constitute discrimination on the basis of union activities.

It is disgraceful that FENZ is threatening members with disciplinary action for undertaking lawful industrial action.  FENZ issued the notice directly to members and did not send it or any similar correspondence to the Union.  

NZPFU members are covered by the bargaining and therefore have the protection of lawful strike action.  The NZPFU initiated bargaining for all ranks of Firefighters and Officers, comms centre members, VSOs, Trainers, CRR and RR advisors and senior advisors, CRMs, GMs, Senior Specialist Fire Investigators, Welfare Officers; and Health, Safety and Wellbeing advisors coordinators, and a range of management and specialist positions.  If you are a NZPFU member and unsure if your position is covered by the bargaining please contact the National Secretary.

In unity,
Wattie Watson
National Secretary

Related Articles


Breaking News

Tamaki Makaurau Flooding, State of Local Civil Defence Emergency

Last nights unprecedented weather event caused widespread havoc across the region with Fire and Emergency career and volunteer crews, operational support and 111 emergency dispatchers working to exhaustion, with all available FENZ resources at times being mobilised to incidents right across the region.

Season’s Greetings and Office Hours

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.