CODE 2, VOL 31, NO 13 : 12 april 2017
CA16 – Update
The ballot period, during which you can vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to accept the offer from QFES as negotiated by your union continues until midnight Wednesday 19 April.
As I have previously stated, your union is supporting a ‘yes’ vote as we believe the deal we have negotiated is the best possible outcome for our members covered by the agreement. A successful ‘yes’ vote also ensures the 2.5% wage rise back paid to 1 October 2016.
If you haven’t taken the time yet to vote, I encourage you to access the external voting website through the QFES email you received last Friday 7 April.
In the busy lives we all lead, it makes you realise how quickly the years are passing when milestones such as Easter roll around again.
If you are able to enjoy a rostered break this Easter, I hope you get some time with family and friends.
If you’re working, remember that all four days of Easter are now public holidays and your timesheet should be completed to reflect this. I have written to you about that in a previous Code 2.
Either way, working or not, I hope it’s a quiet and safe Easter for all members.
Union Encouragement – Helmet Stickers
I am aware many of you have been proudly placing the annual UFUQ stickers on your helmets.
But I am also aware that certain Fire and Rescue management have been requiring stickers to be removed, and some even spending their paid time going from station to station and peeling the stickers off.
This attitude and stance is farcical and reveals those individual’s true feelings about the collective strength of your union.
We will continue to push for you to have the right to proudly display your union membership through placement of one official annual UFUQ sticker on your helmet.
This would be in line with the current ‘Queensland Government Commitment to Union Encouragement’ document, which states –
'Passive acceptance by agencies of…activity by unions does not satisfy the government’s commitment.
Encouragement requires agencies to take a positive, supportive role…’
You can find the union encouragement document here
I will keep you informed of our efforts and hope to resolve this helmet sticker matter quickly.
Commonwealth Games 2018
Your union is yet to be consulted on Fire and Rescue plans for dedicated firefighter and fire communication officer rosters for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
I have written to Fire and Rescue today, urging them to start consulting with your union on their plans for crewing of the Commonwealth Games.
I will report to you when Fire and Rescue finally approach your union to discuss the event which is only twelve months away.
John Oliver - General Secretary
Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD