Following confirmation of the ratification of the new Collective Agreement, we have had discussions with the NZFS on when members can expect implementation of the changes, and payment of relevant back pay.
It is intended that the Pay Day of 16 October 2013 will be when people will receive their first pay using the new pay structure, and all back pay for the period from 1 July 2013 will be paid on the following Pay Day, 30 October 2013.
The implementation of the new pay structures is very complex, and requires significant systems changes to both SMS and to PSE (the Payroll System). These changes have been completed and are currently being thoroughly tested.
A significant amount of work had been undertaken prior to ratification being announced so that the changes could be implemented as quickly as possible if ratification was achieved, to ensure members received their new pay rates, and any back pay, within a reasonable timeframe.
Because of the complexity of the changes it is necessary for there to be a freeze on any status changes that would change an individual's rank or grade until the new structures are implemented. This freeze will take effect from today.
This will mean that any driver or rank changes occurring between today and 16 October will not be actioned from a pay perspective until after 16 October 2013 pay day. They will be actioned as soon as possible after 16 October, and all changes will be backdated to their original effective date at that time.
If for any reason, as a result of the testing being carried out, there becomes a need to change the implementation dates detailed above you will be notified as soon as possible, but at this stage this is not expected.