D&d – Commissioner Gets It Wrong, Again

June 14, 2001
The Commissioner has today again written to firefighters concerning the Dispute. He has completely misrepresented both their position and ours – here’s why: He says of the Government’s PPI offer, “a lump sum will be paid if a firefighter is […]
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Are We Really Prepared To Get Our Hands Dirty?

June 1, 2001
Whilst there hasn’t been an update notice lately, this shouldn’t be taken to mean that there hasn’t been anything happening with the dispute. Again, there have been far too many instances of members doing their bit to mention all of […]
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$30 A Week For What, Ian?

May 21, 2001
Mr MacDougall AC AFSM has outdone himself with his latest “Message from the Commissioner” concerning the D&D dispute. In fact it’s so good that we’ve taken the unusual step of attaching his notice to ours, just in case you missed […]
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D&d Dispute Update – Wednesday 9 May

May 9, 2001
Meeting with the Minister We met last night with the Minister for Emergency Services, Bob Debus. Put simply, he didn’t give any ground and neither did we. We did at least both agree that we should continue to talk, which […]
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Union Instructions Remain In Force Until We Say Otherwise

May 3, 2001
Commissioner MacDougall has this morning issued a direction that all firefighters are “to comply with all instructions given to them by their superior officers”. We suspect the primary target of this direction to be our Union’s relieving bans. This was […]
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Union Instruction Amended

April 23, 2001
The Union’s officials have continued to monitor the measures which were introduced by the members attending last Friday’s stop-work meetings, and to consider the feedback provided by members since that time. Accordingly, the instruction at point 2. Four Stations to […]
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D&d Negotiations Collapse Completely

April 18, 2001
The Union met with Government representatives this afternoon for what was always going to be a last ditch meeting prior to tomorrow’s IRC proceedings before Justice Boland. However today merely confirmed what we suspected all along – the Government never […]
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Union Direction: All Members Attached To No. 341 Station, Kariong

April 11, 2001
We have been negotiating with the Department for close to 12 months now over staffing for the new Hazmat vans. The fact is that there was no consultation whatsoever with our Union on this question prior to the introduction of […]
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D&d: The Final Hurdle? Govt. Honesty!

April 6, 2001
The dispute returned to the Industrial Relations Commission at 10am today. The Government explained its final position, which we regret to say really hasn’t changed at all from July last year. We of course again flatly rejected it.
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