CODE 2, VOL 34, NO 34 : 06 august 2020

IT IS TIME FOR PSBA TO BE DISMANTLED
& ALL SERVICES RETURNED TO QFRS & QPS

QFRS dedicated functions such as workshops, fleet, uniforms, and some other important administrative functions MUST come back to QFRS.  I have again this week informed the Commissioner and the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services of your union’s clear position on the failed PSBA model that is well past its use by date.

Eliminating the PSBA would allow for a re-energised operational focus, would integrate essentials like trucks and stations back into QFRS, and the money saved would allow for vital funding to be directed at recruiting more professional firefighters, instead of into the self-justification of pointless and wasteful projects outside of QFRS that never seem to stop being approved.

With the PSBA eliminated, it’s then time to carve up and fix the One QFES concept.  More on that when the time is right.

Your union remains dedicated to focussing funding towards the essentials Fire and Rescue require to keep Queensland communities safe.

Those essentials are simple –
FIREFIGHTERS
FIRE TRUCKS
FIRE STATIONS
FIRE COMMUNICATIONS
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

EQUAL ACCESS TO PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR BOTH PARENTS

Over the next couple of weeks, your union will be providing feedback to the Office Industrial Relations regarding proposed amendments to the Paid Parental Leave directive.

Currently, QFES employees are entitled to either 14 weeks of paid maternity leave or 1 week of paid spousal leave, depending on whether you are the mother or the father.

OIR are seeking to include a new entitlement to 14 weeks’ paid long spousal leave. This means that either parent will be able to access the full amount of paid parental leave, as long as they will be the primary care giver to the child during that time (i.e. the other parent is back at work).

The long spousal leave will be able to be taken at any time before the child’s first birthday.

OIR is ironing out the details of the policy now, and we will be expressing strong support for the proposal through our submissions.

John Oliver - General Secretary

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