It was a great meeting and i was very impressed by the Hawks Bay plumbers and the all the Napier plumbers who arranged this meeting.
The Federation showed the minister that the plumbers of NZ were not going to be pushed around anymore,I feel he left the meeting with more facts and a better understanding of how unfair we are all being treated, because the people around him are lying & misleading him.
On a personal point i was very impressed by one lady who told the minister that his BOARD was being unfair to OVERSEAS plumbers ,which he guaranteed he would personally look into, I hope he keeps to his word!
she also claimed that most MASTER PLUMBERs only had the BADGE on there vans because it looked good, and that they didn't agree with the master plumbers at all, this got a lot of clapping and support and was then backed up by a plumber who said his boss only put them down as members of the Master Plumbers to get discount on training and when the minister asked if they supported the master plumbers they said a definite NO, then the minister asked if they were members of the federation (PGDF) there was a big shout YES, a lot of companies signed all there employees up to the master plumbers, most of them have not decided for themselves so this gives a incorrect figure to the about of members the Master Plumbers have! PGDF members have all chosen personally to be members not for financial of advertising reasons (like the Master Plumbers)but what they stand for! which are better training, fairer costs, support etc