In discussion with Regional Manager McGill on the morning of Thursday 27 January, Regional Manager McGill informed me that he was unwilling to act on the provisions within the Hours of Work Policy (exceeding the prescribed hours of work in emergency situations).

He stated that no exemptions would be considered until the Working Party meets with Management in Wellington next Wednesday 2 February.

Union Representatives:  Fire Service Representatives: 
Mike McEnaney  Vince Arbuckle, Human Resources Manager 
Derek Best  Stu Rooney, Regional Manager 
Boyd Raines  Wayne Highet, DCFO Auckland 
Peter Nicolle   

Unlike most Regional Managers around the country who seem capable of prioritising during emergency situations, Regional Manager McGill is reluctant to make these kinds of decisions. By not maintaining Minimum Shift Manning (M.S.M.), Regional Manager McGill is jeopardising the Health and Safety, efficiency, and general morale of all Brigade personnel.

The Auckland Local Committee, which has acted in good faith over this matter, is extremely disappointed in Management’s stand on this policy. We feel that Management is seriously undermining our contractual conditions when they cannot give us an assurance that M.S.M. can be maintained at present.

The Auckland Local Committee will be having an urgent meeting to discuss these issues.

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