PROFESSIONAL firefighter and communication OFFICERS UPDATE : 25 january 2017

QFES restructure

As you are no doubt aware, late last year QFES announced a review of the structure of the fire service, based upon the changes when the PSBA changes occur.

Your union believes that QFES is in need of a restructure.
In any restructure we want to ensure that fire and rescue retains, maintains and improves the role of firefighters and of fire communications officers.

I have had meetings with senior QFES management about their plans and how they may affect you and all UFUQ members.

I wanted to ensure that any restructure did not have a negative effect on your capacity to provide world’s best practice fire and rescue response to your communities.

I continue to seek assurances from QFES that the concept of fire and rescue is maintained and enhanced, unlike the changes that occurred during the implementation of the completely discredited Keelty Review recommendations.

Rest assured your union will continue to fight for the prestige, recognition and respect that fire and rescue and fire communications has in Queensland.

I will keep you informed of the plans QFES has and how they may affect you.

Update: Certified agreement 2016

As you will recall your union was involved in consultation and negotiation with QFES on your next certified agreement last year.

Our focus was to achieve an ‘in principle agreement’ on the content of the next certified agreement by 30 October 2016.  This was to ensure your wage rises would occur from 1 October 2016 and we successfully achieved preservation of this wage rise date.

As a result of pushing through the basics of the agreed content by that deadline, there was still some work to do on further content within the certified agreement, and also work to do on supporting business rules and other policies and procedures that will need to be ready to commence when the certified agreement does.

I am happy to report that those processes are continuing and while they are ongoing, they will be ready to go when the QIRC approves the certified agreement to commence operation.  You will recall the new modern award will also commence on that day.

Soon, working parties will be put together to work on specific documentation required by the certified agreement.

I will keep you all informed of the progress of the certified agreement.


John Oliver - General Secretary