INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS DAY

St Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters

In 1999 the date May 4th was designated International Firefighters’ Day as it is the feast day of St Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters.

St Florian was the first known commander of one firefighting squad in the Roman Empire. He lost his life, as well as those of his colleagues, for protecting the same humane ideas which Firefighters all over the world share even today.

On International Firefighters’ Day we salute all firefighters all around the world; we thank you for the courage, commitment, and dedication you show every day by serving your community.

Stay safe.

Meanwhile, a thoughtful letter was received at our office yesterday which, while addressed to me is meant for all UFUSA members, so our thanks to the Minister and it is now forwarded
on for your attention.


Dear Max,

I write in acknowledgement of International Firefighters Day on 4 May 2022, and in recognition of the vital service firefighters provide to South Australia in an inherently dangerous occupation.

I also want to take this opportunity to recognise the ongoing work of the United Firefighters Union of South Australia (UFUSA) to uphold the rights and safety of South Australian firefighters.

As you are aware, I share your strongly held convictions that all workers have the right to expect to return home safely to their families at the end of each day.To that end, I look forward to continuing a strong relationship with the UFUSA in my role as Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, and I welcome your input as an important voice of career firefighters in South Australia.

Yours sincerely,

Joe Szakacs

Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services

The UFUSA met with our new Minister prior to Easter and we look forward to a productive relationship which improves the working lives of firefighters and enhances the services you provide to our community.

ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT, SAFETY AND RESOURCING – A QUICK UPDATE


➢  Despite our early and ongoing contact with the employer in relation to the resumption of enterprise agreement negotiations, no date has yet been provided for our first meeting for the resumption of negotiations. The matter has been addressed with the government with a very positive response; it is anticipated that negotiations in good faith will commence shortly.

➢  The escalating cost of living is of great concern particularly following the decision by the Reserve Bank yesterday to increase interest rates. Our wage claim forms a key platform in our log of claims, and it is more than disingenuous for the bureaucracy to be harking back to their 1.5% wage offer, overwhelmingly and decisively rejected by firefighters earlier this year.

➢  In relation to resourcing, in Engineering we find that full-time positions continue to be siphoned off into other areas of the MFS, faster than we can win new positions to try to keep up with maintenance and repair of the fleet as it is upgraded over the next 4 years. This undermines and breaches the firm commitment provided to us by the government, both in 2017 and 2022 in relation to the Engineering Department and is unacceptable. Stay tuned.

UFUSA BUSINESS

Our union is always dealing with a multitude of issues so please don’t think that if you don’t read about it in the latest Word Back, it isn’t happening. We know that many members are suffering as a result of what is going on within the MFS, whether it be those still barred from coming to work due to the Covid mandate, or those members for whom we are fighting unfair dismissal cases, underpayments, overpayments, demotion, bullying and harassment, workplace injuries, departmental reviews, leave disputes and so on, and we continue to argue and pursue these matters daily.

APFF DOES A MATE NEED A HAND?

Among its many activities, the Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation is committed to prevention, support and recovery programs for firefighters. The APFF is seeking your support in helping to look after members by identifying when someone is off work related to Covid, so that they can coordinate delivery of a care package. You can provide details confidentially to any APFF board member www.apff.org.au to ensure your mates and their families will know they are not forgotten. You can also call 8232 9283 or email admin@apff.org.au

In solidarity,

INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS DAY

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