v35#27 INDEPENDENT QFES STRUCTURE REVIEW – UPDATE

In this edition - You will recall that Minister Ryan announced in December 2020 that he had called for an external and independent review of QFES to find out ‘what works, what doesn’t, and what can work better’.

v35#26 QFES/SOU 17.5% INJUNCTION – WAS IT ALL OVER BEFORE IT EVEN BEGAN?

In this edition - At 2PM on Monday 19 July 2021 I received confirmation from QFES that they have decided extend the 17.5% annual leave loading to all classifications of employees listed in Schedule 1 of CA19.

v35#25 QFES/SOU 17.5% INJUNCTION – SOME RELEVANT INFORMATION

In this edition - I wanted to keep you informed and updated on the QFES/SOU QIRC matter because I am aware of discussions happening at your work locations. However, based on legal advice, I can only talk a bit more about how we got to where we are.

v35#24 RECRUIT ‘OPERATIONAL FOCUSED ABILITIES TEST’ – STANDARDS AGREED TO FOR NEXT 5 YEARS

In this edition - For some years, your union has been working to repair your confidence in operational firefighter recruitment.

v35#23 QFES/SOU 17.5% - WHAT IS THE SOU QIRC APPLICATION ALL ABOUT?

In this edition - It has been reported to me that SOU members are either possibly deliberately or probably accidentally creating confusion throughout the regions about the subject matter of their union’s application to the QIRC.

v35# 22 QFES/SOU 17.5% CASE – UPDATE

In this edition - Following on from Code 2’s dated 2 and 5 July 2021, I can provide the following brief update on the progress of the QFES and SOU case against eligible members obtaining the 17.5% loading on their annual leave, as provided for by the state government last October.

v35#21 SOU / QFES 17.5% CASE UPDATE

In this edition - I reported to you on Friday 2 July 2021 that the QFES Senior Officers Union (SOU) had lodged an application to obtain an injunction against QFES being able to provide eligible UFUQ members with 17.5% annual leave loading.

v35#20 SOU LODGES QIRC APPLICATION TO STOP ELIGIBLE UFUQ MEMBERS FROM RECEIVING 17.5% ANNUAL LEAVE LOADING

In this edition - This Code 2 includes important information regarding eligible UFUQ member’s 17.5% annual leave loading and proceedings lodged by the QFES Senior Officers Union (SOU) to prevent those members from receiving it.

v35#19 UPDATE: QUEENSLAND HEALTH / QFRS & COVID19

In this edition - You will no doubt be aware of the growing concern over the number and strain of COVID19 infections across Australia. In Queensland, whilst the numbers of confirmed cases in this latest outbreak are still low, the state government, through Queensland Health, are taking proactive steps to attempt to keep those numbers low.

v35#18 TAX TIME - UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

In this edition - This year, your union fee statement will be emailed to your personal email address. Please ensure that your email address is up to date along with any other changes such as change of address or any of your contact details including station, rank, and bank account details. Please forward your changes to [email protected], update on our website here or contact your union office directly on 1800 816 589.

v35#17 2 X 2.5% WAGE RISES – 1 JULY 2021 & 1 JANUARY 2022

In this edition - I wanted to take the opportunity to build on the good news from the Code 2 (V35/#16) dated 11 June 2021 outlining the new pay points many of you will immediately be eligible for, or will soon be eligible for, from 1 July 2021.

v35#16 NEW PAY POINTS FROM 1 JULY 2021

In this edition - From 1 July 2021, in accordance with Schedule 1 of CA19, members will be entitled to these new pay points (with the exception of the rank of Firefighter as their new pay point [PP2] commenced on 1 July 2020).

v35#15 SAFE CREWING TASK FORCE MEETINGS

In this edition - In June and July, your state office will be visiting a range of representative work locations across all seven regions to seek member input on Safe Crewing Task Force (SCTF) matters, including what safe and full crewing means at your specific work location, what solutions you can identify, and any other information about the issues that restrict safe and full crewing.

v35#14 PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION FOR PTSI NOW LAW

In this edition - On 12 May 2021, I reported to members that the Queensland Parliament passed amendments to Queensland’s workers’ compensation laws to include presumptive legislation for PTSI for Firefighters and Fire Communications Officers.

v35#13 PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION FOR PTSI PASSED BY PARLIAMENT

In this edition - As you would know, after many years of campaigning, in September 2015, the Palaszczuk Government passed amendments to Queensland’s workers’ compensation laws that introduced presumptive legislation for Firefighters who are diagnosed with one of 12 cancers. UFUQ members have benefited greatly from these laws. But cancers are not the only work related injuries that significantly affect UFUQ members, and since 2015 your union has been campaigning for similar presumptive legislation for PTSI.

v35#12 UFUQ SUCCEEDS IN FORCING SUSPENSION OF FBAN ROLE GIVEAWAY

In this edition - I am pleased to report that due to your union’s involvement, the switch to offering FBAN and Predictive Services roles to anyone but those with relevant experience has been halted.

v35#11 INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ DAY

In this edition - 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.

v35#10 LABOUR DAY 2021

In this edition - Monday 3 May 2021 is Labour Day and therefore a gazetted public holiday across Queensland.

v35#9 QFES SENIOR MANAGEMENT AGAIN STEALING YOUR JOBS AND GIVING THEM TO PUBLIC SERVANTS.

In this edition - I am aware that the Commissioner has recently signed off on a process your union is stepping in to correct. I’ll soon have more to say on this Commissioner and his apparent lack of understanding of what an actual firefighter in an actual fire service does.

v35#8 ANZAC DAY 2021 – PUBLIC HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS

In this edition - As you have no doubt noticed over the years, the Holidays Act – 1983 (Queensland) (the Act) has various ways of dealing with public holidays when they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.