February 18, 2008

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) this morning ordered a 2.5% increase in wages and allowances for all members covered by the Permanent Award.

This increase, which will take effect on and from the commencement of the next pay period, will be delivered through an interim 6 month award that will commence on 24 February and expire on 23 August 2008. [Read more]

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February 1, 2008

Thursday’s appearance at the IRC appeared to be going well, until the Department decided to lob another claim onto the table at the last minute – removing the top up provisions for workers compensation in the permanent award. The top up provision’s are one of the Union’s greatest achievements in its entire 98 year history. The Union won and has held workers compensation top up since the 1960’s, the top up predates the 10/14, safe minimum crewing and the removal of brass helmets.

Currently members who are on workers compensation remain on full pay, unlike workers in other industries who drop to a rate of less that $300 after six months. The Department’s desperate grab for our conditions at this late stage is nothing short of provocative and does little more than hinder negotiations.
In an extremely heated meeting of the Union’s State Committee of Management this afternoon the Union’s leadership has resolved to impose statewide administrative bans across all sections of the Union’s membership permanent and retained. All members are therefore instructed that as of midnight tonight, 1 February, no paperwork or administrative duties are to be undertaken (including fire reports, BRIMS, PIP’s, CARS, FANS, etc.) other than for firefighter pay or leave related matters.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary

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January 25, 2008

The State Committee of Management has today resolved to call an urgent stop work of permanent members effective at 1100 hours today to hear a report on the current wage negotiations. All permanent members in the GSA other than those expressly exempted below are therefore to stop work in time to attend today’s stop work meeting which is being held at Hickson Road (the Hungry Mile), Sydney (UBD Map 1, G7). [Read more]

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January 6, 2008

With the US economy on the way to a recession and interest rates in Australia on the way up again, the Union has written to the Minister for Emergency Services asking that the NSW government not cut our wages. On December 6th the Union wrote explaining that the Reserve Bank has forecast inflation reaching three and a half percent in the near future and asking that the starting point for wage negotiations be just that – three and a half percent for all NSW public servants.

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March 13, 2007

The next 4% pay rise for permanent members took effect on Friday 2 March and will appear in permanent members’ pays this Thursday, 15 March. This is the final increase payable under the current award before it expires in February 2008, and negotiations for the next award will commence shortly. [Read more]

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October 26, 2003

Inside this notice:

  • Award negotations update
  • Recycled water banned
  • Briefly…

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October 1, 1998

The Union office has received a great deal of correspondence on the question of Leading Firefighter promotions to Station Officer after January 1, 1999. [Read more]

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May 15, 1997

Following near-unanimous endorsement of the Award proposal dated 17 April 1997, by members of the Retained Sub-Branch, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission ratified a new Award for Retained Firefighters on Friday 2 May 1997. The new Award, known as the CROWN EMPLOYEES (NSW FIRE BRIGADES RETAINED FIREFIGHTING STAFF) AWARD 1997, delivers significant benefits for retained firefighters. [Read more]

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March 12, 1997

Following the successful ratification of the Permanent Firefighters’ Consent Award on 17 February 1997, the Union has entered into formal negotiations with the Department over a new Award for Retained Firefighters.

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February 18, 1997

Following near-unanimous rank and file endorsement of the negotiated 18%/3 year Permanent Staff Award at the Special General Meeting of 13/14 February and corresponding meetings of the Country, Newcastle and Illawarra Sub-Branches, the Union advised the Department and NSW Government that the Award could be ratified by the Industrial Relations Commission. An early hearing was arranged, and the Award was subsequently ratified by the IRC late Monday 17th February, 1997. The following information is now provided for the benefit of members: [Read more]

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