January 27, 2012

Inside in this issue:

  • FBEU rule changes adopted
  • Retained Phase 2 Training and Basic Life Support
  • Movement of Hazmat Van from Lithgow to Katoomba banned

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January 20, 2012

Inside this issue:

  • Retained annual leave
  • Additional public holidays Christmas/New Year
  • SSS and SASS retirement planning seminars

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January 13, 2012

Inside this issue:

  • Health and safety protections going backwards
  • FBEU Fighting Fund
  • Financial relief for members who stopped work in June and September 2011 [Read more]
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November 11, 2011

Inside this issue:

  • O’Farrell attacks Police D&D – firefighters next?
  • S/O Level 2 promotions update
  • Retained summit
  • Anti-Union faxes and flyers on stations
  • Electricity SOGs Training Audit banned

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October 15, 2009

Fire TruckInside this issue:

  • Motor drivers get the final word
  • No cap on Retained kilometres when responding from home
  • Claiming SOPP entitlements
  • New website up and running

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April 1, 2008

The Retained Sub-Branch meeting held over last weekend to consider the Union’s draft Award application and authorise the State Secretary to seek an interim award concluded at 9am yesterday morning with near-unanimous support for the recommended motion (450 members in favour and only 3 against). Unfortunately, a further 22 votes supporting the motion could not be counted due to a lack of quorum of at least 7 members at each meeting.

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March 28, 2008

Despite direct and repeated requests from the Union not to do so, the Department today published a new policy in In Orders 2008/07 titled “Provision of suitable duties for injured retained firefighters”. Whilst this policy might on first blush seem a reasonable and responsible management initiative, the truth is that it has serious implications for retained members’ benefits under our Death and Disability Award. [Read more]

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December 23, 2005

Inside this issue:

  • Staffing and checking of appliances at jointly-staffed stations
  • Retained availability “not an issue”
  • Refreshment and meals
  • Union calendars
  • Christmas/New Year shutdown

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December 21, 2005

In August 2001 the Union issued a notice instructing Permanent members to  check/maintain/wash only their station’s pumper or aerial pumper (as the case may be), and for the rostered driver for that shift to claim and be paid the (then) motor drive allowance. Similarly, Retained members were to check/maintain/wash any and all other appliances at the station, and to claim and be paid for all time spent doing so as per Standing Orders and clause 6.7.1 of the Retained Award. [Read more]

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December 7, 2005

2005 AGM results

The Union’s 95th Annual General Meeting concluded at the Tom Mann Threatre, Surry Hills last Wednesday 30 November. The collective results from this and the various Sub-Branch held in Western Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Illawarra, and at various stations throughout the state are as follows: [Read more]

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