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

 


Fire Service Agreement Settled

The Minister of Internal Affairs, George Hawkins, today congratulated the Fire Service on settling the firefighters' employment agreement. The last agreement between the Fire Service and the Firefighters' Union was concluded in December 1992.

"From the word go this government has emphasised to the parties that our top priority for the Fire Service was a settlement of the agreement," said Mr Hawkins.

"For too many years the previous government was content to let this dispute smoulder but after 18 months of encouragement we are pleased that the parties have been able to overcome their differences in achieving this agreement. Unlike the National Government, we listened."

Mr Hawkins said that while responsibility for resolving the dispute rested with the Fire Service and the Union, the government did everything it could to assist the parties to reach an agreement.

"The Government's "open-door" policy, including regular meetings with the Union and with the Chair of the Fire Service Commission, has helped to create a more positive environment between the parties" said Mr Hawkins.

"Now that the dispute has been settled, Fire Service management and staff will be able to increase their focus on providing all New Zealanders with the most effective and efficient fire service possible. I will continue to work with the Fire Service Commission to assist it to achieve this goal" Mr Hawkins said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news