December 16, 1998

Due to the lack of adequate food preparation and food storage areas and the ongoing vermin problem associated with No. 10 Station, Redfern, the members have directed the Union that as from 1800 hours on Wednesday, 16 December 1998, the following bans are to be implemented: Read more…

December 6, 1998

On Wednesday, the NSW Audit Office announced the release of a Performance Audit Report titled: Rural Fire Service – The Coordination of Bushfire Fighting Activities.  Read more…

December 3, 1998

Following the close of all appeals and challenges on Friday 20 November 1998, the Union oversaw the appeal process that was conducted by the Department on Tuesday 24 November 1998. Read more…

November 30, 1998


Last week’s well attended meetings of Superintendent and Chief Superintendent members held to discuss progress of the Union’s claim for compensation of Executive Officers’ excess working hours voted to reject the Department’s latest “offer” and, with all patience and good-will now exhausted, to embark upon industrial action to force a satisfactory outcome.

The unanimous decision of members follows below, with the action to be taken highlighted. Note that there are NO EXCEPTIONS and NO EXEMPTIONS – ALL Executive Officer FBEU members are now required to observe the Union’s industrial action until further notice. Read more…

November 27, 1998

Decisions of the Union’s 1998 Annual General Meeting held 1000 hours today, Friday November 27, Trades Hall, Sydney.

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November 18, 1998

Yesterday in the NSW Parliament, the Minister for Emergency Services, Bob Debus formally announced the Labor Government’s country staffing intitiative. We’re also pleased to note that Chris Hartcher (Liberal Member for Gosford) and the State Opposition have acknowledged the important role played by your Union! Read more…

November 18, 1998

Trades Hall Auditorium, Goulburn Street, Sydney, 1000 hours, Friday 27th November, 1998


  • Comrade Paul Caica, National Secretary, United Firefighters of Australia

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November 16, 1998

As members would be aware, a ballot was held last Wednesday 11th November to determine order of placement of members without residential qualification on the various new Country Transfer Registers. Each of the Registers (as they currently stand) are on the Union’s website.

It is important that members recognise that the Registers are all compiled and maintained by the Department – NOT the Union. Having said that, members wishing to challenge any ordering of the lists have until 0900 hours this coming Friday 20th November, 1998 to do so by way of a written report to the Department’s Personnel Section. A review of all such challenges will be conducted on the morning of Tuesday 24th November. Again, that review and any subsequent amendments will be determined by the Department, not the Union, although Union officials will be in attendance to observe proceedings. Read more…

November 11, 1998

In accordance with the determination of the Unions Special General Meeting and In Orders 1998/19, a ballot was conducted this morning to determine the members ordering for each of the 12 new country transfer registers. The ballot was held at City of Sydney Fire Station commencing 0900 hours under the observation of 3 NSWFB Senior Officers and 3 Union officials, as well as numerous rank and file members. Read more…

October 24, 1998


On July 17 the Union issued a notice to all members (following on from previous notices dated May 11 and 13) which concluded by advising that “the PFU filed a comprehensive application to the Employment Court and the High Court for injunctions against the mass sackings and the mass cuts to the NZ Fire Service.”

On Thursday 15th October, the NZ court decision was handed down. In summarising a very lengthy judgment, the Court found that:

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