CODE 2, VOL 32, NO 1 : 15 january 2018
Minister Crawford meets with UFUQ
On Thursday 11 January 2018, the first official meeting between myself and our new Minister for fire and rescue (Mr Craig Crawford) was held at 1 William Street.
I can report that the Minister and his staff are looking forward to working with the UFUQ in a consultative way.
I was supportive of a dedicated Minister for fire and rescue and I am also looking forward to working with Minister Crawford and his staff during the 55th parliament.
On your behalf I have many issues to discuss with the government and Minister Crawford and a series of regular meetings are being scheduled between the staff of your union and the Minister’s staff for 2018.
The process of implementing new provisions from the 2016 Certified Agreement (CA) is still progressing, with negotiations between the union and the Fire Service recommencing this week.
The CA includes a new entitlement for paid travel time, for employees attending mandatory or promotion related training. The commencement date for the entitlement and an operating state-wide policy was 1 January 2018.
Last year, your union provided the QFES with our draft paid travel time policy, and we are awaiting feedback.
We are hopeful that we will have an agreed position sometime in the next month.
To ensure that no members are disadvantaged by the delay, I wrote to the QFES late last year seeking assurances that anyone who is required to travel to mandatory or promotion related training be backpaid for this travel to 1 January 2018. The QFES has confirmed that this entitlement will be backpaid based on the policy to be agreed.
If you are required to spend time travelling to mandatory or promotion related training in the next months, please keep all related documentation and record the actual time you spend travelling.
I will keep you updated as negotiations continue.
John Oliver - General Secretary
Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD