After strong representation and putting the matter into dispute, Mike Hall has advised the Union he will restore, long term, the status quo in regard to the paying of Gratuities on leaving the Fire Service.

This is not simply a return to the status quo while the dispute is heard - Mike Hall’s reversal of position means that the Union has won the dispute.

Quite why the decision to interpret retirement from the Fire Service as meaning retirement from the work force, remains a mystery.

Any simple check of past custom and practice and also of the practice in other parts of the State Services would have quickly demonstrated that the previous Fire Service practice was absolutely standard.

One pleasing feature that came out of this dispute was the close communication and sharing of information with the Deputy and Chief Fire Officers Society. Both organizations worked together to achieve a common goal.

The Union still remains concerned at the complete lack of consultation with the Union. Clearly, if consultation had occurred, it is not likely the original incorrect and misguided decision would have been made.

The Union will continue to pursue this consultation issue.

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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.