NZPFU members are urged to attend a membership meeting to participate in the ballots on industrial action and the FENZ summary of offer.  The meetings kick off in Wellington and Masterton this Thursday. See below for the detailed list and please note the different venues.

NZPFU members that cannot attend their Local meeting (due to training or other reason) are requested to email wellington@nzpfu.org.nz and provide the Local meeting (date/time) they will be attending.  We will include those members in the list for that actual meeting the member is attending.

  • It is important that all off-duty and on-duty NZPFU members covered by the NZPFU bargaining claims make every effort to attend a meeting.  This is your opportunity to have your say on the FENZ offer and ballots for industrial action.  
    Positions covered by the NZPFU claims are Recruits/Firefighters/Officers, Comms Centre call takers and Dispatchers, RR and CRR Advisor/Senior Advisor and CRM roles, Senior Specialist Fire Investigators, Trainers, VSOs, Welfare Liaison Officers, Team Leader Safety, Health and Wellbeing and Safety, Health and Wellbeing Advisors.  Members currently on secondment where their substantive role is covered by the NZPFU bargaining claim should also make every effort to attend.  
  • Locals will be working with management to make arrangements to ensure as many on-duty members can attend as possible.  FENZ has been given notice in accordance with the Employment Relations Act to ensure all on-duty members are continued to be paid while attending a union meeting (up to two-hours).  
  • Off-duty members are also urged to attend.   Please let the Local know if you will need to bring children along.

In April the National Committee of Management determined to recommend that members reject the FENZ summary of offer.  

If there is one meeting you need to go to it is this one!

  • FENZ’s has refused to include staffing ratios, safe systems of work and most of NZPFU’s safety, health and wellbeing claims including recognising occupational cancer being included in the agreement.
  • FENZ has refused the NZPFU claims for recognition of medical response and the impact on mental health.
  • On day 1 of the bargaining FENZ confirmed they would not be seeking to clawback any terms or conditions yet FENZ’s offer includes a serious attack on our union consultation and dispute rights.
  • Over 65% of NZPFU members would get 1.5 - 2.0% wage increases under FENZ’s offer.
  • NZPFU members have not had a pay increase since 1 July 2020 yet FENZ’s wage offer is only the guaranteed wage increase over a two-year deal.
  • Under the current collective agreement FENZ’s market wage offer should have been offered back in May 2021 to apply from 1 July 2021.  FENZ waited until 8 April 2022 to make the formal offer and are trying to push through the bad deal by refusing to backdate unless NZPFU members ratify the agreement by 31 May 2022.  
  • Recruit firefighters are currently paid less than the NZ Living Wage so FENZ has offered them the highest increase for the 12 weeks they are on the course.  That would usually apply to about 100 recruits a year (for 12 weeks) but FENZ has cancelled the April 2022 recruit course.

MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

DATE
LOCAL
TIME
VENUE
5 MAY
WGTN
10.30AM
PETONE RUGBY CLUB, NORTH PARK UDY STREET, PETONE
5 MAY
MASTERTON
4.00PM
DOUGLAS VILLA CLUBROOM, QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
6 MAY
WGTN
10.30AM
THORNDON FIRE STATION
6 MAY
WGTN
5:00PM
PARAPARAUMU FIRE STATION
9 MAY
CHCH
3.00PM
ANZAC STATION
10 MAY
CHCH
9.00AM
WIGRAM STATION
10 MAY
TIMARU
4.00PM
TIMARU YACHT CLUB
ORGANISER: Gary Hartford
11 MAY
DUNEDIN
2:00 PM
6:30PM
DUNEDIN CENTRAL FIRE STATION
12 MAY
INVERCARGILL
3.30pm
INVERCARGILL STATION MESS ROOM
13 MAY
WHANGAREI
4.00pm
MORNINGSIDE SCHOOL, WHANGAREI
15 MAY
AUCKLAND
9.00AM ALBANY
2.00PM AVONDALE
7.00PM PAPATOETOE
 
ON STATION   
16 MAY
 AUCKLAND
9.00AM PAPATOETOE
2.00PM AVONDALE
7.00PM ALBANY
ON STATION
17 May
HAMILTON
3:30PM
Old Boys Rugby Club 30 Richmond Street Whitiora
18 MAY
TAURANGA
10.00AM
Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club, 90 Keith Dr, Sulphur Point, Tauranga
18 MAY
KAWERAU
3.00PM
KAWERAU STATION
19 MAY
ROTORUA
9AM
ROTORUA BOWLING CLUB, HINEMARU STREET, ROTORUA
19 MAY
TAUPO
1PM
 TAUPO FIRE  STATION
20 MAY
HAWKES BAY
10.30AM
FARNDON PARK HALL IN CLIVE
20 MAY
GISBORNE
5.00 PM
GISBORNE FIRE STATION
23 MAY
NEW PLYMOUTH
10.00 AM
FITZROY SURF LIVESAVING CLUB, BARCLAY DRIVE, FITZROY
23 MAY
WHANGANUI
4.00PM
ARMY HALL ACROSS FIRE STATION
24 May
PALMERSTON NORTH
9.00AM
ANZ LOUNGE HALL
MANAWATU GOLF CLUB
25 MAY
NELSON
9.00AM
UNITE CHURCH, 173 RUTHERFORD ST, NELSON


In unity,
Wattie Watson
National Secretary

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