Wellington Local Notice to Members

Training Course Entitlements

Members are reminded that a national policy exists pertaining to entitlements for those persons attending recognised Fire Service courses such as Phase courses, Drivers courses, Vehicle Extrication courses etc but does not encompass local “in service” training days such as refreshers.

Only established Courses recognised by the Professional Development Unit and Regional Training departments are applicable.

Collective Agreement Negotiations, Auckland Integration, Other issues

Collective Agreement Negotiations

Agreement negotiations re-commenced on Friday 4 July.

Prior to that meeting, the Union Committee received a briefing on TAPs development. Coming out of this were a number of matters of detail requiring further discussion.

The Fire Service negotiators indicated they were at the limit of their bargaining authorities and would need to seek further guidance from the Commission and other
agencies such as the State Services Commission.

A further meeting is scheduled for 17 July.

Auckland - Integration

This matter was last reported on in Newsletter No.6/2003. That Newsletter advised, amongst other things, that the Fire Service had filed in the Employment Court for an injunction to restrain alleged strike action and to prevent unlawful picketing.

As a result of that action, further unsuccessful mediation was held.

The Fire Service has now advised that they do not intend to proceed their action on an interim basis (i.e. seeking an interim injunction), but will proceed to a full hearing. It is
expected that this will occur in the first half of September.

As noted in Newsletter No.6/2003, the Fire Service continued to name as first Defendants, individual Union officials:

Mike McEnaney, Athol Conway and Jeff McCulloch.

The Union is named as Second Defendant.

Other Issues

  1. Recognition of prior service with State Agencies for Service Holidays (i.e. after 7
    after 7 year’s service).

Since the inception of Service Holidays, it had been agreed that service with various State Agencies (e.g. Armed Forces, Public Service etc.) would count towards the 7 year
qualifying requirement for Service Holidays.

Wellington Local Notice to Members

Building Evacuations

Members should be aware of ramifications when allowing building occupants back into an evacuated building. Advice is that the alarm system may not be working and therefore they may not have an operable evacuation scheme. This local recommends to members that care is taken when talking to the building owner / agent to let them know this information. And that they the owners / agents take responsibility for the re-entry of occupiers.