The Union has filed in the Employment Relations Authority, a challenge to the Fire Service management’s National Notice purporting to cancel what it labels “Discretionary Leave”.

The Union has sought the proceeding of this matter with urgency.

A copy of the Union’s application is attached.

Instruction to Rosters Officers

The Union is aware that in some localities (probably all localities shortly), management has purported to instruct Roster Officers to contact members who have had leave approved, and advise them that their leave has been cancelled.

This order/instruction is not lawful.

The Strike Notice clearly bans such work and Roster Officers nor any other member can be ordered to advise members that their leave has been cancelled.

Below is advice from the Union’s Solicitor that confirms this advice:

From: Peter Cranney
Sent: Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:56
To: NZPFU Subject: RE:

From: Peter Cranney
Sent: Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:56
To: NZPFU Subject: RE:

Derek, the current strike notice applies to all work (other than emergency incidents and restoring appliances to operational readiness).
The proposed work of notifying the cancellation of leave as part of the employer’s strategy is not covered by an any exception identified in the current notice, and is caught by the strike notice.
Regards
Peter

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