October 12, 2017

Attention: Permanent members Regional North

Area-wide ban imposed after Department ignores warning and breaches Award

Last Friday’s SITREP 34/17 included this item:

Statutory Declarations – NSW or Commonwealth update #1

Members in Regional North have recently had their claims for Carer’s Leave rejected because they did not use the statutory declaration form provided by the Department. The Union will sort that, but our advice provided to members in SITREP 28 stands. Members are not required to use the statutory declaration provided by the Department and the Union strongly recommends against using that version as it inserts additional, unnecessary wording that is designed to trap members. Members should instead use the standard NSW statutory declaration form that can be found on our website. The Union is putting the Department on notice that the next Area to reject an FBEU member’s statutory declaration because the member did not use the FRNSW version will be subject to immediate Area-wide bans. Members who find themselves in this situation should contact the Union office asap.

A member at 468 Tweed Heads reported this afternoon that the Statutory Declaration that he submitted on Monday had been rejected on the grounds of “Incorrect Stat Dec”. There was nothing incorrect about the member’s Statutory Declaration.

Accordingly, all Permanent members of Inspector rank and below within Regional North Area Command (including relievers) are hereby instructed that no member is to perform any paperwork or administrative duties (including E-Airs, PIP’s, CARS, e-Occurrence book, etc.) other than for firefighter pay or leave related matters.

This instruction is effective immediately upon receipt of this notice today Wednesday 11 October and shall remain in place until amended or withdrawn by way of further notice from the State Secretary.

Leighton Drury
State Secretary

For a print version of this Code Red, click here.

[Note: This instruction was subsequently lifted on and from 1800 hours on Friday 13 October  – see SITREP 35/17]

April 15, 2016

Note: This Code Red has been rescinded by SITREP 12/2016.

The relationship between the Department and the Union has deteriorated over several issues recently, not least of which includes negotiations around the lack of staffing of the six new heavy CAFS (Cat 6) tankers.

Read more…

June 17, 2014

Permanent members’ backpay dispute – update #2

As reported in SITREP 21/14, the backpay dispute returned to the IRC at 4pm today on an application from the employer seeking directions that the Union lift its bans. Read more…

June 14, 2014

Permanent members’ backpay in doubt, Bans to commence at 1800 hours today

Last week’s SITREP 20/14 reported that the Government’s failure to confirm agreement for permanent members’ backpay to 21 February while award negotiations proceeded had led the IRC to list the matter for report back at 4pm yesterday afternoon. Read more…

November 19, 2012

Department to proceed with permanent station closures

As reported in SITREP 44/2012, last Friday the Industrial Relations Commission gave the Department the green light to begin temporarily closing permanent stations (TOLing). Management chose to not commence closures over the weekend (in spite of the overtime worked over these shifts). Read more…

November 6, 2012

IRC recommends bans lifted and TOLing cease

The dispute returned to the IRC today on urgent application by the Union, resulting in Justice Backman making the following four recommendations: Read more…

November 5, 2012

Commissioner Mullins has tonight confirmed the Department’s intention to commence temporarily closing permanent stations (ie, Taking them Off Line, or TOLing). This is directly contrary to undertakings to provide advance notice that were repeatedly given by the Department to the IRC’s Justice Backman, and by Commissioner Mullins to me personally.

Read more…

June 22, 2012

Parliament votes to protect FRNSW firefighters from O’Farrell’s workers comp laws

 A Greens amendment to exempt FRNSW firefighters and ASNSW paramedics from the O’Farrell Government’s appalling workers comp “reforms” was passed early this morning. Read more…

June 21, 2012

Comms, Rescue, Aerial, Hazmat, Retained and Exec. Officers to return to duty

Today the Department sought orders from the Industrial Relations Commission that the Union cease its industrial action. Whilst the IRC did not make such orders, it did make an interim Award which requires the following minimum staffing levels to be maintained during industrial action: Read more…

June 21, 2012

Workers Compensation for Firefighters under attack

All members on strike from 1300 hrs Thursday 21 June 2012

Read more…

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