Applause… Dame Margaret Bazley…

Dame Margaret Bazley is retiring as Fire Service Commission Chair, this is her parting shot at intransigent unions:

I have worked with many different unions over the past 40 years including the Public Service Association, teachers, nurses and others. Over time they all earned my respect. I have the highest regard for firefighters as individuals and this was reinforced during their response to the Christchurch earthquakes. However, I despair that the NZPFU will ever lift its sights above narrow self interest and play a constructive and responsible role in reaching a fair wage agreement that properly reflects the prevailing circumstances. Despite the Employment Court supporting the Fire Service by requiring mediated assistance for the bargaining, the NZPFU further demonstrated this attitude by today tabling a new pay claim that was significantly higher than they had previously asked for,” she said.

A remarkable statement that shows just how out of touch some union scumbags really are. I fully expect Darien Fenton to come out and attack Dame Margaret now.


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  • reid

    Somewhat off topic but I know there are a few military enthusiasts here.

    “Parting shot” according to Montgomery’s History of Warfare, is derived from Parthian Shot, who apparently developed a technique whereby the mounted archers galloped toward the line, sharply wheeled and fired back over their shoulders as they galloped away. Isn’t that interesting.

    BTW how can anyone have respect for the teachers union?

  • Dame Margaret has been a great servant of New Zealand. Today’s comment shows why; she speaks her mind without fear nor favour.

  • deputy

    A dame with class !!!!

  • monty

    Derek best take a bow. Firefighters do a great. Job when on the job, but the majority of the time they are scone munching, lazy pricks with too much idle time. Two days on tow nights on, when they sleep and four days off. Pricks.