COVID19 CONTROL MEASURES AFFECT PROGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL MATTERS
I have written to Fire and Rescue and QFES about the unavoidable changes to the way both your union and Fire and Rescue work during the unprecedented control measures evolving relating to COVID19, you can find a copy of that correspondence here.
The correspondence regarding industrial matters states that your union accepts some CA19 (and other matters) development and implementation progression will slow down due to the restrictions being placed on travel and the removal of all face to face meetings. Progression on matters such as policies included in CA19 clause 36 requirements and the SCTF may be slowed.
Rest assured that I have also stated I do not accept COVID19 measures will be used as an excuse by anyone to avoid engagement and consultation or to deliberately slow progression of any matter. Whilst none of us would consider the evolving controls to be BAU, I am sure all of you accept the changes mean we will be finding new ways to get the work done for as long as this ‘new normal’ set of working rules remain in place.
I have also published information to all members relating to the way your state office is handling COVID19 restrictions, and you can find that Code 2 here.
Getting the work done remains your union’s total commitment, and as such, I will keep you informed as all matters progress.
John Oliver - General Secretary
Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD