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Driving infringement penalty notices

It has come to the Union’s attention that the Department’s ‘Senior Legal Officer’ is issuing memoranda to Zone Commanders, who are in turn forwarding them to the relevant station, regarding…

Firefighter wage claim – Permanent and Retained

Most members would be now be aware that the Union has lodged a claim for increases in wages based on the decision of the Australian Industrial Relations Commissions decision in…

Relieving bans to commence 1800 hrs today

Despite direct and repeated requests from the Union not to do so, the Department today published a new policy in In Orders 2008/07 titled “Provision of suitable duties for injured…

AFA trial for the Liverpool LGA – 7, 8 and 32 Stations

Members would be aware of the memo from Metro South 3 Zone Office dated 20 March 2008 regarding a proposed trial of single pump responses to identified AFA installations within…

Safety at roadside incidents

Last month the Union wrote to the Department seeking action to further enhance our members safety whilst working on roadways. The issue was raised by members in the Illawarra Sub…

Meal allowances increased from 1 July 07

Certain allowances in both the Permanent and Retained Awards increased on 1 July 2007. Most of these increased rates reflect a 2.2% increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since…

Secret plan for firefighters

A secret Howard Government plan to remove the current state based Industrial Relations Commissions from each of the States has been revealed in Federal Parliament. The plan was spelt out…

Nov. 22nd campaign against Workchoices

The entire Australian trade union movement is currently focussed on campaigning against the Howard Government’s ‘WorkChoices’ laws and the inevitability that if a Howard Government is returned firefighters in NSW…

Medical certificates and medical records

When it comes to submitting medical certificates and medical records generally, members are advised as follows: Permanent members do not always have to provide a medical certificate to the department…