Fisheries Officers To Strike Friday 29 October
“Fishery Officers have voted to strike for one day on Friday 29 October,” Martin Cooney, organiser with the National
Union of Public Employees (NUPE) said today.
“The strike relates to the employer’s refusal to make any movement in the negotiations to renew a Collective Employment
Agreement which has been expired since February 2003. The negotiations were also undermined by the Ministry’s Proposal
for Change which proposes to cut out about 40% of front line staff outside three hubs in Auckland Wellington and
“Fishery Officers had undertaken their first industrial action for twenty five years when they had voted to work to
rule in the first week in July,” said Martin Cooney. “The Ministry reacted by threatening to suspend the Fishery
Officers. NUPE withdrew the action following one day’s work to rule, and upon request, placed a package for settlement
in front of the Ministry.”
“The Ministry rejected our package outright on 20 August and then produced the proposal for change on 3 September,” said
“As well as the cuts to front line staff, the proposal cut right across our negotiations. For example, instead of a
‘Senior Fishery Officer’ position as NUPE was seeking, the Proposal introduced a ‘Junior Investigator’ position (but
“Fishery Officers do not take the vote strike lightly given how stretched their numbers are and their intense belief in
the value of their jobs. What is evident from this decision is the widening gap between central management of the
Ministry and those performing the work at the beachfront,” said Martin Cooney.