In this edition - I have received multiple reports of members being placed on, or being threatened with being placed on, a PADP (the planned adminstrivial way to manage your performance).
Fire and Rescue are far from negotiating any agreed potential use of the PADP process for operational Fire and Rescue staff with your union.
v33#4 Victorian CFA acknowledge digital network failure, revert to analogue
In this edition - Similar to the rollout of the GWN (digital radio network) in Queensland some years ago, a digital network is currently being rolled out across Victoria for the MFB and the CFA.
In January 2019, it was identified that a lack of coverage inside many buildings and lack of coverage in certain open areas was affecting digital radio communications and therefore putting the safety of firefighters at risk.
v33#3 Radios / Communications Taskforce set up in response to UFUQ survey into GWN / Radio problems
In this edition - As I reported to you in early December 2018, your union presented the results of a survey of UFUQ members working in the GWN network area to Commissioner Carroll.
I thank the Commissioner for promptly establishing a 'Radio / Communications Taskforce' once the voices of those affected were reported to her.
v33#2 - 25th Anniversary – Southport Honda In memory of Sub-Station Officer Herbie Fennell and Firefighter Noel Watson
In this edition - This 11th of February 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fire at Southport Honda where Sub-Station Officer Herbie Fennell and Firefighter Noel Watson were killed in the line of duty.
v33#1 Australia Day Public Holiday
In this edition - Please be aware that the public holiday arrangements relevant to your work roster will apply to Monday 28 January 2019 only (they will not apply to Saturday 26 January 2019).
v32#33 Christmas and New Year
In this edition - Christmas and New Year public holidays
v32#32 Survey of UFUQ members a damning indictment of QFES GWN digital radio communication
In this edition - Since the commencement of the very expensive Queensland emergency service radio network (the GWN), your union (and representatives of your union on various committees) have been working to get Fire and Rescue and the QFES bureaucracy to accept there are problems.
v32#31 Minister for Fire and Rescue confirms government commitment to ‘2 in 2 out' (1+3)
In this edition - In a speech to Queensland Parliament on Tuesday 13 November 2018, Minister Craig Crawford stated –
‘I want to recognise our career firefighters…working in fire and rescue stations in Queensland. They respond to thousands of calls per year. They are on shift when you are asleep. It is a dangerous job (working) four on four off on A, B, C or D shifts at any station, one officer and three firefighters on a pumper is their life.’
v32#30 Local branch election results
In this edition - Elections results
v32#29 Queen's Birthday public holiday and Mental Health and wellbeing for firefighters
In this edition - Members are reminded that the upcoming Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (Monday, 1 October 2018) is the one Public Holiday per year where full penalty rates are not paid.
v32#28 - Audited accounts
v32#27 AGM and UFUQ Hotspot App
In this edition - AGM to be held 17th October 2018 .
v32#26 September 11 attacks
In this edition - Remembering our fallen firefighters.
v32#25 ONGOING GWN FAILURES – QFES ‘SOLUTION’
In this edition - I provide this Code 2 following recent urgent consultation between the Communications Technology and Equipment (CTE) Committee, firefighters working within the GWN network, and the UFUQ.
v32#24 Recall of local branch elections
In this edition - Nominations for the local branch elections open midday 3rd September 2018.
v32#23 Paid travel time
In this edition - Paid travel time, refused accommodation, Public Service Regulation regarding Directives applicable to you has been updated.
v32#22 - New Australian Government electronic health records database
In this edition - New Australian Government electronic health records database, Direct Mode Communications (GWN), Information for BAOs who are also either FIU, BA Hazmat or Tech Rescue.
v32#21 Social media - A reminder of the risks
In this edition - I have in the past communicated to you about the dangers of your use of social media as an employee of the state of Queensland. - CLICK TO READ MORE
v32#20 1 July 2018 wage rises
In this edition - Pay increase and pay point progression and rank progression for firefighters
v32#19 UFUQ submission to federal senate inquiry into mental health of emergency service workers
In this edition - Your union is in the process of drafting submissions to the Australian Senate inquiry into the mental health of emergency service workers.