by Susanne Kemp
Once again, the firefighters are taking a lead in showing solidarity with other workers. The firefighters and their union have for some years now been a group of workers who recognise the importance of solidarity – that workers hang together or they end up getting hung out by employers.
The firefighters’ union is calling for support for staff at the three Auckland District Health Boards (DHBs) – Auckland City, Counties-Manukau, Waitemata – who are currently facing attempts by their employers to deny weekend penal rates for new union members. (The workers belong to the Public Service Association, PSA.)
The firefighters rightly see this as something which affects all workers, noting: “Such payments are a vital and significant amount that makes up the pay of Firefighters. Therefore it is concerning that a significant employer of shift workers is demanding this claw back. . . Given their fight does have potential implications for Firefighters, the Union is sure these striking workers would appreciate support – whether that’s joining their picket or demonstrating solidarity with their cause.”
The hospital workers will be taking strike action beginning on 8 April at 10.00am outside the Auckland DHB.
On previous firefighter solidarity, see for instance, Firefighters giving a lead.
For firefighter material coverage from earlier this year:
For firefighter material coverage from earlier years on Redline: