Today FENZ has announced 5 new Volunteer Support Officer positions will be advertised to be stood up as part of Tranche 2.
These positions were not proposed in the Tranche 2 consultation process and therefore FENZ is in breach of its obligations to consult in accordance with the FENZ and NZPFU collective employment agreement.
This afternoon we have notified FENZ it is in breach of the requirement to consult and we have notified of a dispute.
The consultation process is important as it requires the full consideration of all information and basis for the decisions and the arising implications. Without a consultation process FENZ is unilaterally deciding how many positions are needed, the location, whether those positions are the appropriate way to address workloads, or how these positions will impact other positions or employees.
FENZ must withdraw the advertisement of the positions and vacate any decision to comply with its obligations to genuinely consult with a desire to reach consensus with the NZPFU.