December 4, 2007

Following a series of meetings around the state the Union has now concluded its Annual General Meeting round with every item on the meeting’s agenda endorsed by the Union’s rank and file membership. Results of the various meetings are below:

Agenda Item 1:

“That the State Committee be directed to prepare Rule amendments for circulation to, and consideration by the membership during the course of the coming 12 months regarding:
•    The amendment of Rules 11 and 51 to allow for greater membership participation and democracy within our Union via workplace-based voting;
•    The adjustment of the members’ mortality benefit, from the current $3,000 to $5,000 for permanent members, and from $600 to $1,000 for retained members;
•    The introduction of a mechanism which will automatically adjust the financial amounts specified within the Rules (for example, the mortality benefit referred to in the above dot point) in line with adjustments to members’ subscriptions; and
•    The modernisation of the Rules so as to reflect and allow for contemporary procedures and technologies, such as electronic mail and electronic fund transfers, etc.”
Carried(178 For, 3 Against, 8 Abstained).

Agenda Item 2:

“That the auditor’s report on the Union’s finances for the financial year 2006-2007 that was posted to the Union’s website on Friday 16 November 2007 and tabled at this meeting be received, noted and endorsed.”
Carried (171 For, 10 Against, 9 Abstained).

Agenda Item 3:

“That in accordance with Rule 18(7) and the State Committee’s Remuneration Policy (as last amended by the 2006 AGM), this meeting endorses the payment to the President, Comrade Chris Windsor, of an honorarium of $2,600 for the 12 month period following the 2006 AGM, as adjusted by 4% firefighter wage movements over that time.”
Carried (171 For, 9 Against, 9 Abstained).

Agenda Item 4:

“That in accordance with Rule 22(7), this meeting endorses the payment of the Returning Officer’s annual honorarium of $383 for the 12 month period following the 2006 AGM, as adjusted by 4% firefighter wage movements over that time.”
Carried (176 For, 7 Against, 7 Abstained).

Agenda Item 5:

“That in accordance with Rule 22(1), this meeting appoints Comrade Nathan Begley as Returning Officer for the ensuing 12 months through until the Union’s 2008 Annual General Meeting.”
Carried (182 For, 0 Against, 8 Abstained).
ENDS

Simon Flynn
State Secretary