Rehabilitation/Alternative/Light Duties

Further to Newsletter No. 4 – 7 February 2012.

The Union has discussed this matter further with management (Paul Baxter and Janine Hearn).

Although it is quite obvious to the Union, and at least should have been obvious to management that the present strike action would not prevent people returning to work to undertake Rehabilitation/Alternative/Light Duties, management still want the game playing to continue and for the Union to specifically modify the Strike Notice.

Particularly given the communications the Union has had with A.C.C., and that the Union knows management has had with A.C.C., the Union is not interested in game playing or face saving or whatever else management want to do, so the Union has amended the Strike Notice to provide that nothing in the Strike Notices will apply to members on Rehabilitation/Alternative/Light Duties arising out of accident or sickness.

Management indicated that once this amendment is received, they would act on it immediately (i.e. not wait 14 days).

CEA Negotiations

The Union (Steve Warner and Derek Best) met with the Employer (Paul Baxter and Janine Hearn) at the Department of Labour Mediation offices on the 9th February for the continuation of CEA negotiations.

There was further discussion on the content of the offer that the Union made to the Employer regarding the wording for the inclusion of a Working Party to formulate relievers and how they could best be used to implement extra staffing. The employer was insistent that any offer with pay increases as large as those being discussed would be conditional on there being a certainty of a relieving watch being included at the next CEA settlement.

The parties discussed the option of having a third party that could ensure that both sides were being reasonable in any deliberations using the wording that the employer put back to the Union at the last negotiations meeting. However, after consulting with the Union’s National Committee, the Union has rejected any wording that brings in the current offer in the end anyway.

The Union has asked the employer to tell us the extent of any offer that would be acceptable for a settlement without the inclusion of the relieving watch.

We are awaiting a response on this.

Related Articles

VIEW ALL VIEW ALL

Notice to Wellington Local Members

From 3 June 2024 FENZ will pay the NZPFU Protect Income Protection Insurance premiums direct for NZPFU members whose substantive positions are covered by the collective employment agreement. Protect rep (Gary Robb) is coming over to ensure FENZ is ready for the changeover. We are taking this opportunity to hold 3 information sessions; these can be joined in person or via Teams.


RETURNING OFFICER’S NOTICE TO NORTHCOM UNION MEMBERS

Nominations are hereby called for a Northcom Union Member to be nominated and elected to the Auckland Local Committee, in accordance with the Rules of the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union.  Only Northcom Union Members are eligible to stand and vote for this position and once a member is elected, Northcom members, in future elections, will only be able to vote for this position and not other Union Committee positions, although Northcom Members can stand and vote for President, Vice President and Secretary in the normal election cycle.


Loafers Lodge Anniversary and criminal trial update

The NZPFU has been in discussions with FENZ management to ensure our members are supported and appropriately assisted through the upcoming Loafers Lodge Anniversary and the criminal trial. Below are the issues we have discussed. If there are other issues members are facing or individual circumstances they can also be accommodated on a case by case basis. We are confident that FENZ is focused on the wellbeing of our members and to ensure our members are appropriately released and supported through the criminal trial.