The Dispute has been lodged with the Employment Relations Authority. The Union is expecting to be referred in the first instance to mediation.
Alternative Holidays – for working on a Public Holiday
This matter has been referred to in previous Newsletters. The Fire Service are presently working though all those who worked on Public Holidays since Christmas/New Year – particularly when these Holidays were Mondayised.
Given the number involved and the different circumstances that apply (i.e. Call-outs, overtime), this is taking a little time so as to ensure accuracy.
Members will have heard in the Media of extensive problems with the payment for Holiday Pay.
The Union has looked at this closely and has had in-depth discussion with our Lawyers, who have spoken with others potentially affected.
You will know that as far as payment for Annual Leave, a Holiday Pay supplement is made (which recognises particularly overtime worked). So, the Union sees that the major problem identified elsewhere, is not an issue for us.
However confused provisions exist in the Holiday Act relating to payments for Public Holidays, Sick Leave and Bereavement Leave. The Union is exploring this further (and also the basis of the Holiday Pay supplement) with our Lawyers and with the Fire Service.
Weekend Penal Rates
The Union is advised that a number of staff at the Three Auckland DHB’s, (e.g. Occupational, Therapists, Sterile Supplies) are facing demands from their Employer to claw back weekend Penal Rates for new Union members.
Such payments are a vital and significant amount that makes up the pay of Firefighters. Therefore it is concerning that a significant employer of shift workers is demanding this claw back. These workers will be taking Strike Action beginning on 8 April at 10.00am outside the Auckland DHB. Given their fight does have potential implications for Firefighters, the Union is sure there striking workers would appreciate support – whether that’s joining their picket or demonstrating solidarity with their cause.