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.

v34#33 QFRS to transition back from GWN to wideband analogue ASAP

In this edition - I am pleased to finally be able to officially report that the protracted negotiations between your union, QFRS and the state government have finally resulted in an agreement between your union and QFRS that for those working in GWN coverage, QFRS fireground communications will commence transitioning back to wideband analogue.

v34#32 QFRS Commissioner commits to full budget for Fire and Rescue!

In this edition - You will recall in a recent Code 2 (V34#28 dated 09 July 2020) I reported that your union had written to the Commissioner asking how QFES intends to stop wasting money that needs to be directed towards firefighters, fire trucks and fire stations and fire communication centres.

v34#31 UFUQ CONTINUES CAMPAIGN FOR PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURIES

In this edition - As you would know, after many years of campaigning, in September 2015, the Palaszczuk Government passed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act) that resulted in the introduction of presumptive legislation for firefighters who are diagnosed with one of 12 ‘specified diseases’ (cancers).

v34#30 CLAIMING MOTOR VEHICLE ALLOWANCE AND BACKPAY

In this edition: The following information is for members in South East, Central, Northern, Far Northern and South Western regions. Members in Brisbane and North Coast regions are already receiving this entitlement, and can disregard this newsletter.

v34#29 UFUQ wins motor vehicle allowance dispute!

In this edition - I take great pleasure in informing you that your union has won a long fought battle against the fire service for the payment of motor vehicle allowance to members in all seven regions, not just Brisbane and North Coast.

v34#28 UFUQ ask QFES to stop wasting your money!

In this edition - In correspondence to the QFES Commissioner today, your union has reported our position that every dollar QFES spends on unnecessary works within QFES is a waste of Queensland’s precious financial resources.

v34#27 GPS DASHCAM AND AUDIO RECORDING IN APPLIANCES – UPDATE

In this edition - Following on from my recent Code 2 about the installation of video and audio recording devices in appliances (and ERV’s), I can provide the following update.

v34#26 SWITCH OFF ALL DASHCAM AND AUDIO RECORDING NOW!

In this edition - QFRS appears to have quietly installed dashcam video (always on) and the ability to secretly record in-cab discussions (always on) in the GPS trackers in new appliances appearing at stations now.

v34#25 2019 CA19 WAGE RISE DEFERRED TO 2022

In this edition - Government changes to IR Act: On Wednesday 17 June 2020 the Queensland government passed unprecedented laws in state parliament, amending the IR Act to allow for CA19 wage rise scheduled for 1 July 2020 to be deferred, so that it is not paid in the financial year 2020-2021.

v34# 24 New benefit for members

In this edition - Great benefit for fuel discount for UFUQ members with Freedom Fuels.

v34#23 Application of the motor vehicle allowance directive

In this edition - The Queensland Government’s Motor Vehicle allowance directive contains an entitlement for mileage payments where a firefighter or station officer is required to work away from their normal station to relieve or perform “special duties”. This directive has long applied to members through clause 13.3 of your Award.

v34# 22 Confirmed location of 100 firefighter positions

In this edition - You will recall that during the lead up to the 2017 State election, Premier Palaszczuk gave your union a commitment to fully fund an additional 100 firefighters and 12 fire communication officers on top of existing head count.

v34#21 - International Firefighters Day

In this Edition - As professional firefighters we dedicate our lives to protecting our communities and to looking after each other, and we take great pride in what we do.

v34#20 28 APRIL – WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY

In this edition - A day where the workers of the world pause for a second to honour those who have died at, or because of, work. Even 20 years into this new century and millennium, workers are (in preventable ways) being killed at work, with the 2020 death toll already at 63 (total as at 23 April 2020 reported by Safework Australia).

v34#19 AURION ERROR REPORTING EMAIL CHANGE

In this edition - Many of you reading this Code 2 would be among those caught up in the thousands of error corrections required every fortnight. After 6 months, the reports I am receiving are that things are getting worse not better. I have asked for some information on how many mistakes are being made, and what’s actually being done to prevent them.

v34#18 MORE AURION BLUNDERS - CHECK YOUR PAY!

In this edition - As you may remember, your union wrote to Fire and Rescue last month to formally notify them of the ongoing errors and inconsistencies in the new system that require urgent fixing:

v34#17 QFRS is not QFES!

In this edition - I am getting reports from UFUQ representatives across all regions of inconsistent consultation with you and your elected representatives relating to COVID19 and its effect on BAU. To be fair, I have heard of a few very good examples of consultation occurring, but also of course, we all know of some examples of total refusal to consult in areas where dinosaurs still roam.

v34#16 DOES COVID19 WAGE FREEZE FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFFECT YOU?

In this edition - On the morning of Thursday 2 April 2020 Queensland's Premier Ms Palaszczuk announced on live TV a 'wage freeze', stating -

v34#15 FIREFIGHTERS HANDING OUT FORMS AT AIRPORTS – FURTHER UPDATE

In this edition - I made the point in previous communications on this issue that things are moving quickly on COVID19 related matters and as such I wanted to inform you as soon as possible about the latest development.