The Union has seen this National Notice – 005/2012 and its earlier draft (which was apparently circulated in Auckland).

There are some differences between the earlier draft and the final Notice.

For example – the reference in the draft regarding purported confusion in the Union’s Strike Notice and having received no reply to the Fire Service seeking clarification, has been removed.

As promulgated on our website, an e‐mail response was given to the Fire Service at 11.39am on 8 March 2012.

In any event, the Union does not see that Leave such as Alternative Holidays, Service Holidays, Time‐ banked Shifts etc. are discretionary.

These are entitlements as in the Collective Agreement and/or in Legislation.

Consequently, the Union has instructed its solicitors and will shortly file in the Employment Relations Authority to challenge management’s ability to refuse Collective Agreement or Statutory rights.

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