December 9, 2004

After almost 11 years as State Secretary, Comrade Chris Read has announced his intention to resign from the position. Whilst receiving this decision with regret, the State Committee of Management (SCoM), and the membership of the FBEU, remain fortunate to preserve the skills and knowledge gained over this period as Chris transfers from his elected position to be appointed as an Industrial Officer for the FBEU. Read more…

November 29, 2004

On Thursday, 25th November 2004 meetings of members were held throughout the State to consider motions on the AGM Agenda. These meetings were held at 16 locations: Huntingwood, Wollongong, Newcastle, Gosford, Sutherland, Sydney, East Maitland, Tamworth, Temora, Nowra, Orange, Kempsey, Bathurst, Broken Hill, Wellington and Tweed Heads. The collective results of those meetings are as follows:

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November 25, 2004

Newcastle Sub-Branch (NSB) officials, Comrades Jim Martin and Mark Williams, last night sought the introduction of relieving bans throughout Zone N3 in response to the Department’s inequitable allocation of out-duties into Regional areas (and into Newcastle in particular). Read more…

November 24, 2004

Region North management have recently embarked on a campaign of mindless disputation with the Union over the provision of meals and refreshments. Management have repeatedly attempted to thwart reasonable award based claims for meal and refreshment allowances in what can only be described as an exercise in bloody mindedness. Meal allowances that have been paid for years and fully signed off by the Inspector are now being rejected without reason or discussion. The contempt for both firefighters and the Award is unabashed and attempts by the Union to reason with local management have been shunned. Read more…

November 15, 2004

For all 2004 AGM details see here: Read more…

November 7, 2004

Inside this notice:

  • Acting State Secretary
  • LSL quota increased
  • Unions ditch labor
  • FBEU joins Union Shopper
  • Members Equity – The Workers Bank

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October 29, 2004

The Union’s 94th Annual General Meeting will be held at the Tom Mann Threatre, 136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills (approx. 200m south of the Devonshire St tunnel exit from Central Station) commencing at 10.00am on Thursday 25 November.

Notice and details of corresponding Sub-Branch Meetings be distributed to respective Sub-Branch workplaces separately in the week commencing Monday 15 November.

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October 20, 2004

Upon learning of the Union’s notice and instruction issued earlier today, the Department contacted the Union office at approximately 1015 hrs and undertook to immediately:
a) recall firefighters to staff the Bravo appliance at Umina; and
b) rescind the directive dated 19 October that gave rise to this latest dispute.

These undertakings satisfy the Union’s concerns and as such, the instruction issued earlier today is withdrawn.

Chris Read
State Secretary

October 20, 2004

In a disgraceful attempt to cut costs, the Department is increasingly refusing to maintain safe minimum staffing on retained appliances – and/or to keep retained appliances on the run. This obviously impacts upon our members’ safety, and of the communities we serve. Read more…

October 7, 2004

Inside this notice:

  • Reminder of Union bans still in force
    • Sick leave management protocol
    • Vehicle inspection check sheets
    • False Alarm Notification (FAN) forms
    • Hand-held computers
    • Permanent stand-bys
    • BRIMS
  • ICMS bans lifted
  • Exploding Wallets
  • Special case update
  • Senior firefighters short changed on promotion dates
  • Parliamentary inquiry into fire service funding
  • Stat Dec dispute update
  • Second appeal on disability discrimination decision
  • Non-Payment of Redevelopment Allowance at Gosford
  • Public stampede on occurrence books? (pt 2)
  • Recent SCOM policy decisions

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