ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT (EA) UPDATE

UFUSA Enterprise Agreement

AGREEMENT UPDATE 

The next meeting for the EA negotiations to continue is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, 5 March February 2020 at the UFU office. 

One of the issues currently being addressed with your employer is the proposal for a “zone preference system” which could potentially make changes to the station preference system. If you have thoughts or concerns about this matter please don’t hesitate to speak to your Shop Steward or State Councillor, or send us an email to info@ufusa.com.au 

The joint Shop Stewards and State Council meeting scheduled for 17 March 2020 at the UFU Office will be provided with a full report on the progress of negotiations together with consideration of a range of other issues. If you have issues you wish to have raised, please contact your local Shop Steward to discuss. 

OVERPAYMENTS OF WAGES 

A number of UFU members have recently experienced problems not just related to incomprehensible, incorrect or changing payslips as previously reported, but with the recovery of overpayments of wages. 

Your employer (through Shared Services) is supposed to advise you if they believe you have been overpaid. We would expect that they would provide you with a reconciliation of when they allege you have been overpaid and by how much. If you agree that the overpayment has occurred, arrangements are then made for the repayment of the monies. 

It is concerning that a number of members recently found their pays were short without any advice of an overpayment nor consultation about arrangements to be made to pay the monies back. One member recently received only $2.19 in his pay. 

Our union has raised these matters at a high level in Shared Services, with MFS management and with the government. Due to our intervention, a quick response has assisted the members concerned however it is upsetting and inconvenient for members and should not occur. It is unclear why this problem continues to arise, but the systemic nature of the matter is being pursued with Shared Services to try to ensure it ceases. 

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have this problem. 

Sorry to repeat this but once again all members are urged to regularly and as a matter of course check your payslips, immediately raise inconsistencies or problems and keep your own individual good records of time worked and monies due. 

Meanwhile, the issue of improved payslips as raised on the log of claims for the new EA is also being pursued. 

STATE BUSHFIRE REVIEW 

Thank you to members who have provided information in relation to the activity involved in the recent bushfires; please don’t hesitate if you have a contribution to make. Please direct any information to info@ufusa.com.au as soon as possible. 

KI DEPLOYMENTS 

The UFU has received further legal advice that all members deployed to KI should make sure you have a record of the times arrived at and returned to your home stations at the beginning and end of deployment as well as the times you arrived at and returned to your accommodation whilst on deployment on KI. 

COMMONWEALTH ROYAL COMMISSION AND SENATE ENQUIRY INTO 2019/20 BUSHFIRES 

The UFU welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister of a Royal Commission into the Bushfires which will focus on: 

  • Natural disaster management coordination between Commonwealth and State, Territory and local Governments; 
  • Australia’s preparedness, resilience, and response to natural disasters, as well as the changing climatic conditions, across all levels of government and whether accountability needs to be enhanced; and 
  • The legal framework for the Commonwealth’s involvement in responding to national emergencies and how that works with state and territory legal frameworks. 

The Royal Commission will provide the first opportunity at a national level to comprehensively look at the Commonwealth’s response to bushfires, coordination and resourcing across State and Territory fire and other emergency services, including the inter-operability of training and equipment, as well as the role of climate change and nation-wide responses to mitigate the risk of what we have so far experienced this summer. The Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission can be found here. 

The Commonwealth Senate has also recently announced an inquiry into the Bushfires. The Inquiry will focus on the lessons to be learned in relation to the preparation and planning for, response to and recovery efforts. The terms of reference of the Senate enquiry can be found here. 

UFU members have already provided our office with a great deal of feedback about the operations you’ve been involved in so far this season, including in relation to the SA Review into the Bushfires. If you haven’t yet been in touch or if you have feedback or views you believe can assist, please email us at info@ufusa.com.au as soon as possible. 

ELECTION FOR THE UFUSA STATE COUNCIL CASUAL VACANCY 

Nominations for the position of UFU Committee of Management member – Firefighter Representative closed on Monday 17 February 2020. 

The Australian Electoral Commission has advised that four nominations have been received for the position. The period in which nominations can be withdrawn closed at 1700 hours on 27 February 2020. 

As there is more than one nominee for the position, a ballot is required. This will be a postal ballot which will open on 10 March 2020 and close at 17:00 hours (ACST) on 9 April 2020. The AEC will be sending out the ballot papers in the near future and members are urged to participate in the ballot. 

INAUGURAL APFF CAR AND BIKE ENTHUSIASTS CREWS 

MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC 10 MAY 2020 

Register Now to Save! 

Hurry and register now! Early bird price still available! 

Run or Walk, 4.5km or 7.4km from Peace Park (adjacent Adelaide Oval) or enter the 2.1km walk! The course is also pram friendly! Pre/Post run/walk enjoy the fresh fruit and BBQ breakfast with your family – look for the UFU shade tents set up at the finish line. 

The event will take place on a “C,” day this year, if crews are interested in participating, please make this request through your Southern Metropolitan Commander. 

Order your shirt 

The UFU of SA “pink firefighter T-shirts” no longer have a date on them or there is also the option of a running singlet. So, we hope you can wear the same shirt/singlet in other years 

and to represent the union at other events. But if you require a new one simple follow the instructions below: 

Mothers Day Classic T-Shirts

How to Enter 

1. Log onto the Mother’s Day Classic website: www.mothersdayclassic.com.au 

2. Select Event Location then Adelaide 

3. Select Register 

4. Register to Walk, Run or as a Family 

5. Continue as instructed 

6. IMPORTANT – Click on ‘join a team’ and then begin to type ‘ United Firefighters Union of South Australia’ pops up – click on that, then click on continue. 

7. Follow the remaining instructions to complete your registration(s) to our team 

8. Email your t-shirt or singlet size to info@ufusa.com.au or use the link here. 

Your team captains this year are S/O Carly White, F/F Gen Rueger, S/O Stefan Kirkmoe and SFF Stuart Macintyre. Our Captains are happy to provide further information as you need it. Carly White can be contacted on 0413141125 

Picking up your shirt/s 

Once you have entered the Mother’s Day Classic and ordered your shirt by emailing info@ufusa.com.au with your receipt and we will ensure they are ready for pickup before the day. You will be notified via email when they are available for collection at the union office prior to the event, let us know if you would like a friend or family member to collect on your behalf. If you are unable to pick up, they will be available on the morning at the UFU tent. 

In solidarity,

ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT (EA) UPDATE

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