CODE 2, VOL 34, NO 28 : 09 july 2020

UFUQ ask QFES to stop wasting your money!

In correspondence to the QFES Commissioner today, your union has reported our position that every dollar QFES spends on unnecessary works within QFES is a waste of Queensland’s precious financial resources.

You can find a copy of our correspondence here.

Announcements on 9 July 2020 by the Queensland Treasurer about the cuts to spending, requiring all government agencies (including QFES) to tighten their belts (without any cuts to actual operational requirements) means now more than ever, the sort of indulgent extravagances you and I can easily identify in QFES and the irrelevant ‘projects’ they commit so many resources to, must be eliminated.

I have been asking for more firefighters and fire communication officers, as often as I can.  Every response includes the lack of funding as part of the problem.  I estimate dozens of firefighters and fire communication officers could be employed with the money QFES could save tomorrow by shutting down any parts of the business that do not contribute a single thing to your role, your appliances, and your stations.

Whilst they’ll trot out all of the usual ideas like cutting overtime and paying less in allowances and blaming you for their inadequcies, let me be clear –
Every dollar QFES spends that is NOT directly spent on firefighters, fire appliances and fire stations is a waste of Queensland’s preciously shrinking financial resources.

I’ll keep you informed as this evolves.

Qld government COVID-19 inquiry – UFUQ asks for more professional FF & FCO

The Queensland Government is currently conducting an inquiry through the work of the Economics and Governance Committee (the EGC) into the Queensland Government’s economic response to COVID-19.

Your union never misses an opportunity to make a case on your behalf that there is a desperate need for an immediate increase in the numbers of professional full-time firefighters (and the requisite increase in fire communication officers) in Queensland.

As such, I suggested to the EGC that to prevent further economic disaster from what are inevitable coming natural and man-made disasters impacting on Queensland communities, an urgent significant lift in numbers would assist.

You can find a copy of the UFUQ submission here.

You can find a Courier Mail article on your union’s submission and the embarrassingly inadequate but standard ‘nothing to see here’ response from QFES here.

I will keep you informed as the inquiry progresses.

John Oliver - General Secretary

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