v35#2 FATIGUE BREAK AFTER OVERTIME

In this edition - This is important information for firefighters, station officers and fire communications officers on the 10/14 continuous shift roster.

Code 2 V35 #1 CLARIFICATION OF PUBLIC HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENTS

It would not be the Christmas and New Year period without some confusion regarding what members are entitled to claim on the many public holidays across the period. As a reminder, the relevant public holidays were –

v34#67 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

In this edition - There is no doubt that for so many here in Queensland and all over the world, 2020 has been a challenging year, but it is drawing to a close and the Christmas and New Year period is again upon us.

v34#66 QFRS TO PUBLISH SECONDARY EMPLOYMENT POLICY

In this edition - After six long years of discussions and negotiations between your union and QFRS, your employer has decided to publish the secondary employment policy as it currently stands, and your union has warned QFRS about the problems due to vague content in the documents. They’ve decided to push on.

v34#65 MINISTER RYAN CALLS FOR REVIEW OF QFES: WANTS TO KNOW ‘WHAT WORKS’ AND ‘WHAT DOESN’T’

In this edition - You will be well aware that your state UFUQ has long held the position that the way QFES is structured doesn’t work. I also think that the current levy collection and allocation process doesn’t work, and also that the legislation to support your role as professional and auxiliary firefighters and fire communication officers doesn’t work.

v34#64 - UPDATE: PROGRESS OF PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION FOR PTSI

In this edition - As you will recall, in August 2020, a Bill to modify Queensland’s workers’ compensation laws to include presumptive legislation for Post-traumatic Stress Injury was introduced to state parliament and referred to a parliamentary committee for consideration.

v34#63 - UFUQ STATE OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE CLOSURE

In this edition - While the UFUQ state office remains open year round for contacts regarding industrial matters, please be advised that administration staff will be on annual leave from Wednesday 23 December 2020 until Tuesday 5 January 2021.

v34#62 SEND IN THE CLOWNS: QFES RINGLEADERS PUSH TO MULTI-CLASSIFY OPERATIONAL ROLES

In this edition - I am aware that under Cr Leach (and signed off by all sorts of people who should know better, or who do know better, and think they’re getting away with it) there is currently an explosion of attempts by certain senior One QFES managers to obtain dual classification of roles that were, are, or ought to be, purely Fire and Rescue professional firefighter classification.

v34#61 QUEENSLAND BUDGET DELIVERS FOR PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS

In this edition - I am pleased to report that the 2020-2021 budget handed down by the Queensland Treasurer on 1 December 2020 provides guaranteed funds for the announcements made prior to the Queensland state election in October 2020.

v34#60 RETURN OF PALASZCZUK GOVERNMENT = 17.5% ANNUAL LEAVE LOADING PAYMENT COMMENCES JULY 2021

In this edition - You will recall that in correspondence to you in Code 2’s and emails prior to state election on 31 October 2020, I reported that your union had successfully obtained funding from the Palaszczuk government for a return of your 17.5% annual leave loading, payable to all.

v34# 59 NEW FIRE AND RESCUE MINISTER ANNOUNCED!

In this Edition - I am pleased to report to all members that with the return of the Palaszczuk state government for the next 4 years, state parliament is to resume in late November.

v34#58 AWARD OVERVIEW

In this edition - Late last month, I reported to you that the QIRC had issued a decision to modify your award, based on the joint application made by your union and Fire and Rescue.

v34#57 YEAH… BUT WHAT HAS THE UNION EVER DONE FOR US?

In this edition - Just in case some of you haven’t been paying attention to communications from your state office, your state committee, your branch representatives and your colleagues, here is a brief list of some of the achievements relating to your terms and conditions of employment your union (the UFUQ) have obtained for you over the past 6 years.

v34#56 MINISTER ANNOUNCES BIGGEST INCREASE IN FIREFIGHTER NUMBERS IN QLD HISTORY!

In this edition - For three years, your union has been working hard to obtain funding for a further increase in full-time professional firefighter numbers, including by conducting a 12 month long public campaign. I am very pleased to report that Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mr Craig Crawford has today made an announcement that the government has fully funded the recruitment of an additional 357 professional full-time firefighters in addition to the existing numbers.

v34#55 QFES ‘VISION’ TO CREATE HYBRID 4TH SERVICE SHUT DOWN

In this edition - I am aware of a secret scheme within One QFES to create a Frankenstein’s monster fourth service, combining and replacing entirely the roles of FRS (Auxiliary Firefighters), RFS and SES, into a new hybrid operational service within QFES.

v34#54 UFUQ PUSH FOR 350 MORE FIREYS AS ELECTION LOOMS

In this edition - With the Queensland state election looming (Saturday 31 October 2020), your union has been in ongoing discussions with both QFRS and the state government about the urgent need for 350 additional firefighters to allow for a move to full and safe crewing of every shift at every station in the state. We’ve also been pushing for more fire communication officers as that role is constantly having more responsibility and increased workload placed upon it and crewing shortages in fire communication centres are all too frequent and completely avoidable.

v34#51 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

In this edition - In accordance with the union’s Rules, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the United Firefighters Union of Australia, Union of Employees, Queensland will be held at the UFUQ office, 286 Montague Road, West End commencing at 9.30 am on 19th October 2020. All financial members are entitled to attend. Should you wish to attend, please advise the union office so that seating arrangements can be made.

v34#50 September 11 Attacks - A day to remember

In this edition - In 2001, after coordinated terrorist attacks on United States soil, the twin towers of the World Trade centre in lower Manhattan collapsed. As a result of the attack, 343 New York firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice.

v34#49 IPSWICH SOSO/SO RECRUITMENT DISPUTE

In this edition - On 9 September 2020, the QIRC heard our dispute regarding the SOSO/SO recruitment process in Ipswich.

v34#48 QUEENSLAND WAGE THEFT LEGISLATION PASSES PARLIAMENT

In this edition - The Queensland Criminal Code 1899 has for over a century included an offence for ‘stealing as a servant’. You will have seen many media reports over the years of workers being convicted of such criminal offences.