On Friday 21 January the Auckland Local, working in conjunction with the Northern Branch, to act on the concerns of a number of members, attended mediation with regards to several issues with the Fire Service.

These issues surround a large number of forced transfers in the Counties Manukau Fire Area, alterations in area establishments, and the refusal of Management to engage in meaningful consultation with the Union.

The Union was very ably represented by Auckland Barrister Simon Mitchell. The response from the employer was weak and disjointed, at best.

Following adjournment to allow the two parties to discuss their options, the Fire Service’s best response was to suggest that it hold meetings with the Union to determine what an "establishment" is and what consultation looks like. The Union found this lack of willingness to address the issues presented contemptible.

As a result, the mediation broke down. In a phone conference shortly after, the National Secretary, Northern Branch Executive and the Auckland Local Executive resolved to continue to work together to advance the process of getting an acceptable outcome for our members. The matter has been allocated dates in the Authority on 25 and 26 February 2011.

Any further developments will be communicated to members when they occur.

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