NZPFU dispute to be heard by the Employment Court

In October 2019 the NZPFU notified FENZ that its intention to give preference to personnel who are not qualified or experience career firefighters for proposed District and Group Manager positions was in breach of the requirements to appoint the best-suited person to any vacancy, and a breach of FENZ’s primary duty of care to provide safe systems of work.

The NZPFU filed the dispute in the Employment Relations Authority and sought removal to the Employment Court.  While the Authority declined the removal, as a result of the NZPFU’s subsequent application to the Employment Court special leave to remove to the Court has been granted.   

Chief Judge Christina Inglis agreed that the matter raises important questions of law.

“I am satisfied that the dispute in this case raises an important question of law and that the question lies at the heart of the matter.  It will involve interpreting provisions of the parties’ collective agreement in the context of statutory provisions which have not yet been examined by the Court, within an overlay of a workplace which sits within the State sector and delivers emergency services.”

A copy of the Employment Court decision on the removal application is available for download.  FENZ supported the applications for removal to the Employment Court.

The dates of hearing are yet to be determined.

In unity,
Wattie Watson
National Secretary

Related Articles

VIEW ALL VIEW ALL

Palmerston North Triennial Local Election Results

In accordance with the NZPFU Rules, Palmerston North members are informed that as of the closing date the following nominations had been received for the positions of Palmerston North Local President, Vice-President, Secretary and Committee members.


Masterton Triennial Local Election Results

In accordance with the NZPFU Rules, Masterton members are informed that as of the closing date the following nominations had been received for the positions of Masterton Local President, Vice-President, Secretary and Committee members.


Taupo Local Notice to Members

CEO Kerry Gregory via District Manager Maunder have requested all drivers of FENZ vehicles to supply their driver licence details to FENZ so that it can be “entered into the system”