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These undertakings satisfy the Union’s concerns and as such, the instruction issued earlier today is withdrawn.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

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October 23, 1998

Owing to the successful conclusion of negotiations for country staffing, the Union has now accepted the de-staffing of the remaining permanently-staffed water tankers. During the course the of the Union’s Special General Meeting in June this year, the rank and file authorised the Union’s State Committee to negotiate the redistribution of those water tankers. Preliminary discussions between the parties have led to the Department advancing the following proposals: [Read more]

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September 24, 1998

Despite the fact the Department has done virtually everything it can to ensure that we do not reach a satisfactory agreement – and technically speaking, we still haven’t – the Union has agreed to allow the destaffing of the following 4 water tankers as of 0800 hours tomorrow morning: [Read more]

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March 24, 1998

The Union has indicated its agreement that the destaffing of water tankers may commence as of 0800 hours this Friday September 25, subject to a number of conditions. In the case of the tankers at Miranda and Liverpool, this agreement is dependant upon aerial training commencing as soon as possible following the de-staffing of the water tankers, and the commissioning of the new aerial appliances as soon as all necessary training has been completed. [Read more]

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November 11, 1997

All members are hereby instructed that the minimum staffing for No. 13 Stn Alexandria is STATION OFFICER AND FIVE FIREFIGHTERS, PER PLATOON.

If the Department cannot maintain its fleet, it is not the Union’s problem. Further, if the Union allows the Department to actually capitalise on the absence of the bronto aerial appliance allocated to the station, there will be no incentive for the Department to maintain its fleet. [Read more]

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June 10, 1997

In light of the geographic nature of the proposals surrounding the transfer of water tanker staffing for the August 1997 6%, the Union will be holding local meetings of members (in addition to the Special General Meeting in Sydney’s Trades Hall), as follows: [Read more]

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March 19, 1997

The following represents the agreement negotiated between the FBEU and the Department for the manning of the Bronto Aerial Ladder Platform at Wollongong. [Read more]

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November 1, 1996

The Union has been informed by members at Rescue Monitor Stations that there is some confusion by management over the staffing requirements for these appliances. [Read more]

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October 2, 1996

The Sub Branch Executive has been made aware of recent instances where the full level of qualified O2 Breathing Apparatus operators for 422 station, Port Kembla has not been maintained. [Read more]

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