Following proceedings before the Industrial Relations Commission this week, the Union and Department have now agreed upon the following guidelines for the use of relievers within Metropolitan Zones. The parties have also agreed that relievers may be directed to relieve anywhere within and between all Regional Zones, provided that individual cases can be reviewed on case-by-case basis, as and when needed.
The previous 2005 Award’s subclause 12.4 provided that members could not be directed to relieve or perform outduties between or into the Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford, Wyong or Wollongong Fire Districts. However, it also allowed for any member to be directed to relieve outside of those areas (including, for example, at Broken Hill).
Most members would by now be aware that a concerted campaign to over turn a State Rescue Board (SRB) decision to decommission eight ambulance rescue units in the Greater Sydney Area has failed. Nine fire brigades will instead carry out the work of the Sydney based ambulance units meaning a safer, more effective and more consistent approach to rescue. Read more…
Firies demand no “flip flop” on rescue from Rees Government
The Fire Brigade Employees Union (FBEU) today said that moves were afoot to return rescue responsibilities to the Ambulance Service and called on the Rees Government to reject the temptation to do a shonky deal that was not in the public interest, in order to placate Labor mates.
As most members would by now be aware the NSW Government has been getting lobbied heavily by the Health Services Union over the decision to replace 8 ambulance rescue units with 9 NSWFB rescue units. The decision to hand over rescue to the fire brigades has been a long time coming and is fully supported by both the FBEU and the Department.
The Union’s 98th Annual General Meeting will be held at the Trades Hall, 377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney commencing at 10.00am on Wednesday 17th December 2008.
The Union’s 98th Annual General Meeting will be held at the Trades Hall, 377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney commencing at 10.00am on Wednesday 17th December 2008. Read more…