June 3, 2011

Inside this issue:

  • “Guns & Moses” in bed with O’Farrell – 300 000 workers shafted
  • Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) – what’s going on?
  • J & Z Relieving Guide

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December 19, 2008

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.

Members are reminded that these guidelines apply to relievers only. If you are not a reliever then you cannot be directed to relieve outside of your own Fire District unless you are claiming residential priority for a transfer register area, in which case you may be directed (subject to annual out-duty limits) to relieve at any station within that transfer register area.
The Union’s instruction dated 12 December 2008 is therefore rescinded and replaced with the following set of agreed guidelines for relieving within the Metropolitan Operations area:
1. Within Sydney
Relievers based within ME1, ME2, ME3, MS2, MS3, MW1 and MW2 may be directed to relieve within and between those seven Zones.
2. Within Metro North
Relievers based within MN1, MN2 and MN3 may be directed to relieve within and between those three Zones.
3. Within Metro South
Relievers based within MS1, MS2, MS3, ME1 and ME3 may be directed to relieve within and between those five Zones and at any of the following stations:
MW2: 41, 49, 55, 73, 101
4. Within Metro West
Relievers based within MW1, MW2 and MW3 may be directed to relieve within and between those three Zones.
5. Between the Lower
Hunter and Sydney
Relievers based within MN3 may be directed to relieve at 75 (only) and relievers based at 75 (only) within MN3.
6. Between Newcastle
and Sydney
Relievers based within MN1 and ME2 may be directed to relieve between those two Zones and at any of the following stations:
MW1: 43, 63, 71, 94 and 97
MW2: 23, 27, 42, 57, 59, 65 and 67
7. Between the Central
Coast and Sydney
Relievers based within MN2 and ME2 may be directed to relieve between those two Zones and at any of the following stations:
ME1: 1, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, and 18
ME3: 5, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 22, 28, 52, 62 and 64
MW1: 30, 43, 55, 63, 71, 72, 94, 97
MW2: 23, 27, 42, 57, 59, 65 and 67
MS2: 26, 35 and 39
8. Between Comms
Centres
Relievers attached to Comms Centres may be directed to relieve at an adjacent Comms Centre only.
Members should note that:
Relieving Inspectors may be directed to relieve anywhere.
Nothing in these guidelines acts to prevent a member from electing to relieve or perform out-duties elsewhere.
There is no longer any restriction on the number of relievers (or out-duties) who can be 
“leap-frogged” in order to fill a vacancy.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary Friday 19th December, 2008

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December 12, 2008

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).

The new Award’s subclause 12.4 now provides that members can no longer be directed to relieve or perform outduties anywhere outside their own Fire District unless they are either:
a)dedicated relievers (who are paid the relieving allowance for every shift worked); or
b)claiming residential priority on a transfer register for the area in question (and who will therefore be working closer to home).
The new subclause operates so that with the exception of relievers, every Firefighter and Station Officer member is now better off. Whilst proper management should also result in little if any real downside for relievers, this hasn’t always been the case to date and as a result, the Union is introducing the following rules for relieving members until it can be demonstrated that the new system is being managed appropriately.
Effective immediately, the following instruction is to be observed by all Relieving Firefighter and Station Officer members until advised otherwise by way of further Union notice:
1.    Within SydneySubject to points 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, relievers base-stationed within ME1, ME2, ME3, MS2, MS3, MW1 and MW2 may only be directed to relieve within and between those Zones.
2.    Within Metro NorthSubject to points 5 and 6, relievers base-stationed within MN1, MN2 and MN3 may only be directed to relieve within and between those Zones.
3.    Within Metro SouthFurther to point 1 and subject to point 6, relievers base-stationed within MS1, MS2 and MS3 may also be directed to relieve within and between those Zones.
4.    Within Metro WestFurther to point 1 and subject to point 6,, relievers base-stationed within MW1, MW2 and MW3 may also be directed to relieve within and between those Zones.
5.    Between the Central Coast
and SydneyFurther to points 1 and 2, relievers base-stationed within MN2 and ME2 may also be directed to relieve between those two Zones (only).
6.   Within and between
Regional ZonesFurther to points 1, 2, 3 and 4, all relievers may be directed to relieve within and between any and all Regional Zones unless determined otherwise by the Union on a case-by-case basis. Members who believe that a direction to relieve is unreasonable should contact the Union office for advice.
Continued calls to the Union office indicate that many members (and managers) believe that there is still a Union ban on so-called “leap frogging”. This ban was lifted years ago, and there is no longer any restriction whatsoever on the number of relievers (or out-duties) who can be “leap-frogged” in order to fill a vacancy. Indeed this is exactly what should be happening to relievers now because “leap frogging”, if exercised judiciously and fairly, will remove the need to send any reliever excessive distances – and the need for this instruction.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary

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July 4, 2005

Inside this notice:

  • June SGM results
  • Your rights at work – Unions NSW Broadcast
  • Medical Assessments – Be warned!
  • Performing a coutnry relief?
  • EEO Committee Meeting – 8 July
  • Tactical Communications

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February 12, 1998

It is understood by the Union that their is some confusion in Zones N1 & N2 over the proper procedures with respect to the allocation of relief duties on the Central Coast.

It is both Union and Departmental policy (as reflected in In-Orders 1994/11) that where relief is required for the Central Coast, the following applies: [Read more]

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August 14, 1997

Few members would have been surprised to learn that the Department botched the ‘Stage 3’ Tax adjustment payment due on 17 July, 1997.

While payment on 17 July, was made in relation to Table 4; ‘B’, ’C’ and ‘D’ relieving payments, Table 4; ‘A’ relieving payments, applying to the vast majority of affected members was not included. [Read more]

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July 28, 1997

An error has been identified in the Relieving Guide which was previously sent to permanent stations and delegates. Example C, under the subheading “MULTIPLE RELIEFS”, should have read as follows: [Read more]

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July 15, 1996

BAN’S LIFTED ON RELIEVING, OUT-DUTIES AND ACTING-UP

The Union’s claim in relation to the tax dispute was agreed to in a joint meeting with the Department and Public Employment Office on Thursday 11 July 1996 at 1755 hours. After weeks of Departmental bumbling and stalling, the Union’s bans clearly had the desired effect of bringing the Department to the negotiating table. [Read more]

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