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.

v34#47 S.E.R. STATION OFFICER RECRUITMENT DISPUTE HEADING TO QIRC

In this edition - Unfortunately for all involved, the drama surrounding the current SO recruitment process continues to unfold.

v34#46 QLD GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES THE PSBA EXPERIMENT IS ENDING

In this edition - On Monday 7 September 2020 the Treasurer Mr Dick provided a government economic update. In that update it was announced that all functions of Public Service Business Agency (PSBA) are being ‘folded back’ into One QFES and the QPS, and that the PSBA will be no more.

v34#45 UFUQ PUSH FOR 350 MORE FIREFIGHTERS – (PART 2 of 2)

In this Edition - Here are some reasons why 350 additional firefighters is a good start.

v34#44 UFUQ PUSH FOR 350 MORE FIREFIGHTERS – (PART 1 of 2)

In this edition - WHY? Why has your union asked for immediate funding for an additional 350 professional firefighters (including the requisite number of fire communication officers)?

v34#43 WHY DOES THE PSBA STILL EXIST?!

In this edition - The Public Service Business Agency (PSBA) was a dud from day one, based on a thought bubble in the now completely discredited Keelty Report. It’s still a dud. It was a bad idea and it’s driven bad outcomes in areas like uniforms, procurement, fleet, maintenance and workshops and more.

v34#42 CONSENT AWARD VARIATION FILED

In this edition - Over the last year, your union has worked very closely with Fire and Rescue to draft variations to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Employees Award – State 2016 (your award).

v34#41 UPDATE ON SO/SOSO DISPUTE: SER ONLY

In this edition - I reported to you on 24 August that we have managed to resolve one of the disputes we raised regarding the SO/SOSO recruitment process. The outstanding dispute relates to Fire and Rescue’s decision to run concurrent SO and SOSO recruitment processes in SER, how this decision is playing out, and what this means on a broader scale.

v34#40 UPDATE ON SO RECRUITMENT “CONTRACTING OUT” DISPUTE

In this edition - On 12 August 2020 your union commenced two disputes with Fire and Rescue regarding their decision to contract out various recruitment and selection services to an external recruitment agency, and the way that resulted in interviews being conducted in South East Region (SER).

v34#39 UFUQ COMMENCES DISPUTE REGARDING THE OUTSOURCING OF RECRUITMENT SERVICES

In this edition - As we reported earlier this week, Fire and Rescue have recently decided to contract out a range of recruitment services that were previously provided in house, to a private recruitment consultancy.

v34#38 SAFE CREWING TASK FORCE – AFFECTED BY COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS BUT PROGRESSING

In this edition - Your union and other stakeholders on the QFRS SCTF committee continue to meet monthly.

V34#37 QFRS COMMENCE ‘FLEETWAVE’ SHIFT START CHECKS PROCESS

In this edition - Your union has been involved for many months in discussions around the shift from paper based start up checks on appliances, to a new app to be installed on a device that remains with each vehicle.

V34#36 PRESUMPTIVE PTSD LAWS INTRODUCED TO QLD PARLIAMENT

In this edition - In Code 2 Vol: 34 #31 of 24 July 2020 I provided an overview of your union’s work with the state government regarding changes to the workers’ compensation laws to provide for presumption of injury for PTSD injuries with coverage for professional firefighters and auxiliary firefighters, and fire communication officers.

v34#35 FIRE & RESCUE OUTSOURCE STATION OFFICER RECRUITMENT PROCESS TO ROBOTS

In this edition - You may be aware that Fire and Rescue is currently experimenting with rolling out a state-wide recruitment campaign to fill 26 vacant SO roles across 5 regions.

v34#34 IT IS TIME FOR PSBA TO BE DISMANTLED & ALL SERVICES RETURNED TO QFRS & QPS

In this edition - QFRS dedicated functions such as workshops, fleet, uniforms, and some other important administrative functions MUST come back to QFRS. I have again this week informed the Commissioner and the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services of your union’s clear position on the failed PSBA model that is well past its use by date.