1) the February 2017 Special General Meeting; 2) the 107th Annual General Meeting; and 3) the October 2017 Special General Meeting;
as posted in each instance to the Union’s website on 19 October 2018 be received, noted and adopted as a true and correct record of each meeting.
State Secretary’s Annual Report
Proposed amendment of MFR Policy withdrawn
Members would be aware that the Agenda faxed to stations and posted to the Union’s website on 19 October included a motion from the State Committee of Management proposing amendments to the Union’s current MFR Policy. Those amendments included the banning of all “assist ambulance” calls, which members are increasingly finding to in fact be medical response calls.
The Department yesterday notified the IRC of an urgent dispute, claiming threatened industrial action, and the matter was listed for hearing at 0930 hours today.
Direct discussions with the Minister prior to those IRC proceedings led to agreement this morning that:
the State Committee would not introduce the motion at this AGM;
the Department would withdraw its application to the IRC;
the Department will meet with the Union asap to clarify the intent and limit of future FRNSW “assist ambulance” calls; and
the Union will be notified and consulted before the Government makes any move to introduce an MFR or Early Access Defibrillator (EAD) program in NSW.
The State Committee’s amendments were therefore not moved at this morning’s meeting and will not be debated or voted on by the meetings to follow. The Department withdrew its IRC application and is expected to meet on the “assist ambulance” question shortly, the outcome of which will be reported to members in a subsequent edition of SitRep.