Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Firefighters demoted under new contract

Lindsay Tisch National Internal Affairs Spokesperson

28 March 2001

Firefighters demoted under new contract

The Government is proposing to pay more to union firefighters while demoting their non-union colleagues in its sop contract to members of the Professional Firefighters Union, National's Internal Affairs spokesman Lindsay Tisch said today.

"This Government is intent on demoting up to 300 community service team firefighters according to a union newsletter circulated last week, while 1200 of their colleagues get an 11 percent pay rise and additional allowances.

"According to the newsletter CSTs will be demoted between one to three ranks from 'fire officers' or 'fighters' to 'qualified firefighters'. This is unfair and the Government needs to assure those firefighters they won't lose income in this change being forced on them. "These 300 CSTs are working 56 hours a week but will go down to working a 42 hour week like those on the old D1 union contract. They're being promised an 'equalization allowance' to make up for the shortfall but many CSTs still fear they'll be forced into a pay drop.

"The CSTs should retain their identity, current conditions and contracts they were employed on. It is unfair to change their conditions this way.

"I am looking forward to hearing more about what is really going on in the Fire Service at the Government Administration parliamentary select committee tomorrow morning. I want to hear from the Fire Service Commission how the latest round of contract negotiations is going," Mr Tisch said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election