CODE 2, VOL 33, NO 9 : 03 may 2019

International Firefighters’ Day

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.

On International Firefighters’ Day, we celebrate and thank all current and past firefighters for the contribution they make, or have made, to their community.

Many of us are lucky enough to do what we do until our golden years but for some their dedication and contribution ends with the ultimate sacrifice – their life. We celebrate and honour their sacrifice as well.

International Firefighters’ Day is observed globally each year on 4 May and people all over the world will take the time tomorrow to show their support and appreciation for what we do while serving our communities and to recognise and honour the sacrifices of our fallen comrades.

We don’t do what we do for the thanks. But, it is important every once in a while to reflect on the great work we do and have done.

I thank you all for your commitment and dedication to your communities. All UFUQ members can take pride in the service we provide for the Queensland community.

Paid travel time for mandatory and/or promotion related training

I wish to remind all members that your union negotiated a clause in CA16 that provides for paid (excess) travel time for members travelling to ‘mandatory and/or promotion related training’ (whether as a participant or a trainer/instructor).

The practical application of the clause is drawn from an agreed policy document, which can be found here

Members are entitled to make any claim that is in accordance with the policy that dates back to 1 January 2018. This is the date the policy took effect in accordance with clause 56(b) and 85(b) of the CA16.

Your union is aware that QFES have recently rejected claims made by members, including members instructing at Live Fire Campus. However, following formal dispute resolution proceedings at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, QFES now “acknowledge the policy as written, is unambiguous” and they do not seek to “dispute the content or operation of the policy any further, and will ensure it is implemented”.

I therefore encourage all members who have had genuine claims previously rejected by QFES to make those claims again, and any members that haven’t made previous related claims, due to being unaware of the entitlement, to make those claims as soon as possible.

John Oliver - General Secretary

Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary 
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD