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Fbeu Policy Re Rfs/nswfb Joint Training

May 15, 1998

Members would be aware of the Minister’s previous direction that “the two services should compliment each other, not compete”. However, many RFS Brigades continue to operate CABA, urban pumping appliances and other structural offensive firefighting equipment either within or very […]

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Nz Fire Bosses Out Of Control

May 13, 1998

I write further to Monday’s notice advising that NZ Fire Service management had written to each of the 1700 professional firefighters last Thursday telling them they had been sacked. Not surprisingly, the NZ Professional Firefighters Union (NZPFU) was not very […]

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Urgent!!!! All Nz Firefighters To Be Sacked

May 11, 1998

In the most concerted attack ever on professional firefighters, New Zealand Fire Service management has announced that every professional firefighter will be sacked by July, and replaced by new “Fire Officer” positions. The ‘dis-established’ firefighters will have to compete for […]

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Acting Up Clarification

May 11, 1998

The Union has become aware of a Memorandum from the Deputy Manager Operational Personnel, dated 8 April 1998, concerning Leading Firefighters acting up to Station Officer.  The following part of that Memorandum is WRONG: “There is no limit to the […]

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Department Cancels Usar Course

May 6, 1998

The Union has today learnt that the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) course scheduled to commence next Monday May 11 has been cancelled by the Department.

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Drager Bg 174 Developments

April 28, 1998

For several years now, the Department has sought to remove the Drager BG 174 O2BA sets from service. Not because they weren’t needed, not because of concerns for employee safety, not because spare parts were no longer available and not […]

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Rescue Sub-committee Meeting

April 21, 1998

To all Station Delegates and Members – Rescue Stations: You are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the Union’s Rescue Sub-Committee to be held –

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Defend The Mua – Defend Yourself

April 21, 1998

Last week Mr Mark Paterson, Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (a large bosses’ union), had this to say when asked whether other employers should be encouraged by Patrick’s tactics in sacking a unionised workforce which […]

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Letter To Delegates Re Waterfront Dispute

April 21, 1998

Dear Comrade, Over the last week or so, the Union has attempted to visit as many member stations/workplaces as possible in order to explain and discuss the waterfront dispute. We have managed to make around 50 or so such visits, […]

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Maritime Dispute Union Instruction

April 9, 1998

Members would be aware that Patrick Stevedores, backed by the Howard Government, yesterday sacked each and every one of its 1400 employees around the nation without notice. Why? Because they are members of a union who have defended their democratic […]

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Update On 45 Tanker Destaffing

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 […]

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Unit Trainers

March 24, 1998

Members would be aware of recent instances where members with expertise in BA/HAZMAT have been asked to provide training to other firefighters.

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