This week we continued meeting with Members of Parliament seeking support for presumptive legislation to recognise firefighters’ occupational cancer. We met with National, Labour and New Zealand First MPs this week as we continue our education campaign.

FENZ continues to work with us on occupational hygiene matters with priority being given to sourcing interim new hoods for trainers pending robust procurement processes for new hoods for all members.

International expert/firefighter/lawyer and Winnipeg Firefighters’ Union President will be back in May to further promote the campaign. The function where Alex was to present to MPs in Parliament in March in Parliament will now go ahead in May 2019. He will also continue with the programme of meeting Members of Parliament individually to outline the scientific basis for, and the international experience of, presumptive legislation to look after firefighters’ in their greatest time of need. 

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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.