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Note: This Code Red has been rescinded by SITREP 12/2016.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

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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.

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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

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June 20, 2012

RFS Volunteers exempt from Workers Comp cuts

Urgent Special General Meeting to be held tomorrow

Thursday 21 June 2012

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