SitRep 61/2021

October 29, 2021

FRNSW Vaccination Mandate

As last discussed in SitRep 57, the FRNSW risk assessment said to inform a position on a vaccination mandate has had no formal consultation in accordance with WHS legislation.

FRNSW have corresponded with the Union since this time but continue to fail in demonstrating their duty to genuinely consult with workers and their representatives on this matter.

As such, FRNSW have been notified of a dispute and we hope the Department will come back to the table and consult appropriately.


2021 Election for Vacancy of President

Following the close of the ballot and the completion of the count of ballot papers for the vacant position of President, the NSW Electoral Commission has today declared the results, which are as follows:

First round of counting:

Sandy Linton                      392

Luke Russell                       471

Michael Johnsen               581


Counting of third place’s preferences:

Luke Russell                       640

Michael Johnsen               797


Michael Johnsen has therefore been declared Elected as the FBEU’s new President.

Congratulations to the newly elected President and thank you to all candidates for putting your hand up and being ready to serve your union and fellow members. The participation of members in our democratic structures is vitally important to our continued strength and solidarity.


Contactless changeovers

Further to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions the decision to continue contactless changeovers is now in the hands of members at individual stations. Although not a one size fit all policy, the feedback from members was very positive and if any member has further ideas on how to deal with future outbreaks of COVID-19 or similar to please email the office or contact their Sub-Branch Secretary.


2021 Rex Threlfo Toast save the date

On Thursday December 9 the FBEU will host the Rex Threlfo Toast. This is our first face-to-face Toast since the start of the pandemic, and we are excited to have members back together.

Each year FBEU members come together to celebrate retired members and their contributions. For new recruits, this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Union members and the importance of solidarity in our job.

More details to follow.

2020-2021 Financial Report

The Union’s 2020-2021 Financial Report is now available by clicking here.

The Report, which all members are encouraged to read, was prepared by independent auditors Daley Audit and adopted by the State Committee of Management today as a true and fair view of the financial affairs of the Union as at 30 June 2021.


In Unity,

Leighton Drury
State Secretary

You can find a copy of the SitRep here.



Recent news: