CORRECTION TO FRONT PAGE OF ‘THE ADVERTISER’ 26 APRIL 2021

UFUSA News

An item published today on the front page of The Advertiser today requires correction for members’ information, in relation to the UFU. 

As Secretary of our union, I responded to the reporter’s inquiry two weeks ago that my remuneration is at Station Officer level 1. 

And that this is the same classification as I received when employed as the union’s Industrial Officer; I have neither sought nor received a classification upgrade upon or since taking up duties as your Secretary. Nor do I claim any overtime for the 60+ hours a week worked. 

Our union is proud that the SO Level 1 is currently paid at the rate of $113,725.03 pa, however it is important for members to know that the union does NOT pay the whole of that sum to me. 

My payslip in April 2021 reveals I currently receive $88,652.20 pa from the union. The balance of my pay to SO Level 1 is made up by the board fee I receive from my appointment by the Minister to the SAFECOM Board (in fact paid for by Mr Lucas). 

It’s important that members have accurate information given the political slant and inadequacies of the article. I suspect that as our campaign progresses, we can expect more of the same. 

Members should know that your union fees are spent thoughtfully and responsibly to progress the interests of members. Our finances are firmly governed by your current Treasurer, Matt Watherston, Trustees Rhys Lauritsen and Greg Chivers, President Chas Thomas and me, and authorised by the whole of State Council. Our accounts are professionally audited, and the reports are endorsed by our Annual General Meetings. 

As you’d expect. 

Despite attempts to suggest otherwise, UFUSA salaries are set in accordance with what we win for members here in SA. UFUSA Members can hold our heads high in the knowledge that we conduct our business honestly and transparently, never losing sight of the reason our union exists. 

And that we will continue undeterred to challenge the Marshall government and MFS management to meet the safety and resourcing needs of firefighters in order that you can continue to protect our community. 

ONLINE CAMPAIGN PETITION – A reminder to members of the online Safety and Resourcing Campaign petition in response to all those who wish to support firefighters and send a direct message to the Marshall government. See our website www.ufusa.com.au 

In solidarity, 

CORRECTION TO FRONT PAGE OF ‘THE ADVERTISER’ 26 APRIL 2021

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