March 13, 2007

The next 4% pay rise for permanent members took effect on Friday 2 March and will appear in permanent members’ pays this Thursday, 15 March. This is the final increase payable under the current award before it expires in February 2008, and negotiations for the next award will commence shortly.

Classification

2006 rates

From 2 March 2007

Increase per week

Recruit

$    843.99

            $    877.75

$   33.76

Firefighter L1

$    978.81

$ 1,017.96

$   39.15

Firefighter L2

$ 1,033.19

$ 1,074.52

$   41.33

Firefighter L3

$ 1,087.57

$ 1,131.07

$   43.50

Qualified Firefighter

$ 1,087.57

$ 1,131.07

$   43.50

Senior Firefighter

$ 1,131.09

$ 1,176.34

$   45.25

Leading Firefighter

$ 1,218.10

$ 1,266.82

$   48.72

Station Officer L1

$ 1,305.03

$ 1,357.23

$   52.20

Station Officer L2

$ 1,359.49

$ 1,413.87

$   54.38

Inspector

$ 1,616.75

$ 1,681.42

$   64.67

Superintendent

$ 2,029.25

$ 2,110.41

$   81.16

Chief Superintendent

$ 2,192.49

$ 2,280.19

$   87.70

 

Op. Support Level 1

$ 1,234.00

$ 1,283.36

$   49.36

Op. Support Level 2

$ 1,458.72

$ 1,517.07

$   58.35

Op. Support Level 3

$ 1,773.12

$ 1,844.04

$   70.92

Op. Support Level 4

$ 2,042.61

$ 2,124.30

$   81.69

Op. Support Level 5

$ 2,192.51

$ 2,280.21

$   87.70

 Most (but not all) allowances also increased on 2 March by 4%, including the relieving kilometre allowance (up from $0.89 to $0.93 per km) and the relieving allowance (up from $23.92 to $24.88). 

Please note that meal, refreshment and travelling compensation allowances are adjusted on 1 July of each year in line with movements in the CPI, and have therefore not changed since 1 July 2006. The current meal allowance is $21.90, and the refreshment allowance $10.95. For a full list of all current traveling comp rates, see the Union’s website notice of 27 July 2006. 

In accordance with the Union’s registered rules, Union dues increased on 2 March, rising to $10.54 per week for permanent members. Whilst clearly within our rules, a full explanation for this 11.4% increase in dues can be found in the State Committee’s resolution of 1 February 2007 which follows immediately following the website version of this notice today. Members are again remained that Union dues include the Howard Government’s 10% GST, and are fully tax deductible as a legitimate work-related expense. 

The 4% increase for retained members will follow on 1 April 2007.