July 31, 2008


All permanent members of the Union who were on duty in the GSA yesterday and who were not exempted from industrial action should now mark your timesheets to show a one and a half hour deduction for the stop work action – whether or not your brigade actually physically attended the stop work meeting.
Those members who were on duty yesterday and were exempted should instead donate the equivalent of one and a half hours’ pay to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Burns Unit through the FBEU’s credit union account –
BSB: 802-825
Account Number: 122014
Account Name: Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns Unit
The money donated into this account will then be used to make a substantial donation to the Children’s Hospital Burns Unit at the completion of the Union’s current wage campaign. The money donated will be used to maximise the benefit to the children suffering most from burns. To allow for the provision of a receipt please include your service number in the deposit details.
The Department might even follow suit and donate the pay it deducts from those members who did stop work (don’t hold your breath!).
The only exemptions given that day were:
1.    Executive Officer members (ie Superintendents and above);
2.     Members attached to primary rescue stations within the GSA;
3.     Members crewing major aerial appliances only (that is without an onboard pump); and
4.     Members attached to ‘Sydney Communications’.
All retained crews continued to respond as normal.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary
All permanent members of the Union who were on duty in the GSA yesterday and who were not exempted from industrial action should now mark your timesheets to show a one and a half hour deduction for the stop work action – whether or not your brigade actually physically attended the stop work meeting.
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July 30, 2008


Today’s stop work meeting in Sydney at ‘The Hungry Mile’ was an enormous success with industrial action by public servants across the board making the main television news stories on all four free to air channels. The action by FBEU members was the main feature of each story with attention now again focussed on the governments offer to cut wages or reduce conditions.
The Union was again in court talking about our wage claim and further meetings have now been scheduled for early next week and we are due back in court again on Thursday August 7th. Immediately prior to the stop work meeting two major fires broke out in Sydney and members in attendance at the stop work meeting gave a round of applause for those comrades tied up in fighting the fire and unable to make it into the stop work meeting.
Negotiations have now reached a very sensitive stage and the Commissioner is now actually attending hearings in the court. In addition Unions NSW has agreed to facilitate a series of additional meetings into the immediate future.
Those members who attended the meeting deserve the gratitude and support of the entire rank and file. Members who did not stop work or were not working are encouraged to donate money to the Westmead Children’s Hospital Burns Unit through the FBEU’s  Fire Brigade Employees Credit Union account.
Simon Flynn
State Secretary

Today’s stop work meeting in Sydney at ‘The Hungry Mile’ was an enormous success with industrial action by public servants across the board making the main television news stories on all four free to air channels. The action by FBEU members was the main feature of each story with attention now again focussed on the governments offer to cut wages or reduce conditions.

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January 31, 2008


All members who attended last weeks stop work meeting will have their pay docked by the Department. All members instructed to attend in the Notice dated Friday 25.01.08 should adjust their time sheets by 2 hrs 30 minutes to allow for that deduction.
All exempted members should extend a gesture of solidarity by donating (a tax deductible) amount equivalent to 2 hours 30 minutes pay to the Burns Unit of Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Similarly, the Department is challenged to donate net savings from its wages bill resulting from the stop work meeting.
Simon Flynn
State Secretar

All members who attended last weeks stop work meeting will have their pay docked by the Department. All members instructed to attend in the Notice dated Friday 25.01.08 should adjust their time sheets by 2 hrs 30 minutes to allow for that deduction.

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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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