November 8, 2001

On Saturday, you will be asked to vote for the future of your country. The FBEU has traditionally encouraged its members to vote Labor, however an overwhelming vote by members earlier this year resulted in the FBEU formally disaffiliating from the Australian Labor Party. For the first time in over 80 years as a trade union, we pay – and owe – nothing to the ALP. Read more…

November 1, 2001

Permanent members of all 3 super schemes (SSF, SASS and FSS) should by now have received your yearly statements which, if compared with your last statement, should reveal a sizeable jump in your superable salary. This is directly due to your Union securing the inclusion of the previous Rostered O/T component into your superable income during last year’s award round, and represents an enormous financial boost for all members. However, if there’s still any doubt about the sheer size of our win on this issue then you need look no further than the many recently retired members who are now literally $10,000’s better off because of this single Union achievement.

Chris Read
State Secretary

October 29, 2001

It was reported on 9 October that negotiations were continuing at that time for the redistribution of 25 permanent positions currently located in watchrooms at City of Sydney, Penrith, Campbelltown and Gosford.

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October 9, 2001

Members would recall that one of the few concessions agreed to in return for the last Award round’s 17% increases was for the relocation of the staff positions attached to the watchrooms at City of Sydney, Campbelltown, Penrith and Gosford to new locations elsewhere. That is to say, the jobs weren’t to be lost, just repositioned elsewhere by agreement between the Union and the Department.

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October 9, 2001

A 3% wage increase for all retained members took effect on and from 1 October, although the new 2001 Award which provides this increase (and a further 9% over the next 18 months) is yet to be finalised. Whilst the Union and the Department remain in negotiations over the Award’s current stand-by provisions and our Union’s claim for the introduction of retained penalty rates, both parties remain confident that the 2001 Award will be finalised and formally in operation before the end of this month.

Chris Read
State Secretary

October 9, 2001

Ongoing controversy surrounding the permanent members’ transfer list system which operates under In Orders 1991/19 and Clause 28 of the Award has led the Union’s State Committee to order an overhaul of the system, and to withdraw from any further member v member disputes. Read more…

October 9, 2001

The D&D Dispute (which we note that the Department now refers to simply as a “matter”) returned to the Industrial Relations Commission on Thursday 4 October for directions. To cut a long story short, the outcome of last Thursday’s hearing was that:

  • the three member Full Bench to arbitrate our dispute will comprise the IRC’s President, Justice Wright, Justice Boland and Commissioner Cambridge (all of whom have previously sat on the Dispute at some point over the last 2.5 years);
  • the evidence and witness statements, etc. of both the Union and the Government must now be prepared and filed with the IRC by mid-December; and
  • a full two weeks have been set aside to hear the case commencing 27 May 2002.

The Full Bench is likely to reserve its judgement at the conclusion of those two weeks of hearings for a further three or so months, so a decision can be expected to be delivered in around 12 months time from now. There is, however, a lot more work to be done between now and then and further updates will be provided to members as developments occur.

Chris Read
State Secretary

July 25, 2001

Members would recall that the 17% wage increases secured by our Union last year were to be delivered through two awards – a 12 month award in 2000 and a 3 year award in 2001. The 2000 award delivered the first 5% increases – 3% in February 2000 and a further 2% in August 2000. The Union lodged our 2001 award application with the Industrial Relations Commission yesterday to ensure payment of the remaining 12% increases, the details of which can be found on the attached table. As required by our Rules, Union dues will also rise by 3% on 9 August (up 22c to $7.70 per week).

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June 18, 2001

The Carr Labor Government hasn’t only been bashing firefighters lately, they’ve also been betraying and lying to the wider trade union movement in NSW. Read more…

June 14, 2001

The Commissioner has today again written to firefighters concerning the Dispute. He has completely misrepresented both their position and ours – here’s why:

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