Members will by now be aware of the postponement of the Auckland Local AGM. This decision was taken so as to not place on‐duty members in the difficult position of deciding whether to remain on Station or leave work for two hours, as per their rights under the Collective Agreement and the Employment Relations Act 2000, in order to attend the meeting.

This was necessary due to the refusal of the Auckland Regional Manager, Brian Butt, to allow appliances to leave Station and travel to the meeting. As would usually be the case, any and all attending on‐duty crews would be available on pager turnout, so as not to interfere with the normal business of the employer.

Unlike all other Locals in the country, this reasonable arrangement was unacceptable to FRM Butt, who felt he needed to demonstrate his ignorance of New Zealand Employment Law through correspondence exchanged with the Local and National Union.

The Union cannot accept this brazen denial of the rights of our members to attend a Union meeting as permitted by law. As a result, the Union is exploring legal options in order to protect the rights of our members.

It makes it extremely difficult to know the feelings of the members towards settlement of the Collective Agreement. This type of management is clearly one of the reasons why his staff have little or no respect for him and the members of his executive team who so blindly follow him.

Members should be well aware that this R.M. is fully supportive of the proposals which decimate our members’ jobs and futures as part of the new Regional Realignments.

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The Auckland Local wishes all members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Auckland Office will be closed from the afternoon of Friday 23 December 2022, reopening on Monday 9 January 2023.


Ratification Meeting next Tuesday 13th Dec at 5pm

As you will be well aware by now, we have finally reached an agreed term of settlement in the negotiation for a new CEA. The NZPFU is recommending members accept it and ratify the settlement offer. The National Committee has completely wrung out the sponge for every possible drop of benefit to members, and it's now our turn to act.


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SIGNIFICANT SETTLEMENT OFFERED TO NZPFU MEMBERS

Christmas cheer may have come a little earlier for NZPFU members with the NZPFU National Committee today releasing and recommending ratification of a proposed settlement with FENZ. After 18 gruelling months of negotiations and six months of industrial action including all NZPFU members walking off the job twice, the NZPFU members have just received the detail of the proposed settlement that the NZPFU recommends members’ accept.