KANGAROO ISLAND DEPLOYMENT

UFUSA Kangaroo Island Fires 2020

Thank you to all members who have been working so hard to protect our community throughout this extraordinary bushfire season.

But of course, issues do arise amidst the hard work, the heat and the smoke.

Pay And Conditions

Members have raised concerns with the union office about a lack of information on the pay and conditions associated with deployments to Kangaroo Island.

Ordinarily, if work arrangements required are such that they fall outside the provisions of the Award and Enterprise Agreement, there would be consultation with the view to agreement being reached about what will apply in the extraordinary circumstances.

Where possible such matters are best determined and advised to employees in advance of a deployment, particularly where arrangements are made which are outside the provisions of the Award and Agreement.

In the absence of consultation, members have expressed uncertainty about what should apply, for example in the case of 24-hour on-call shifts.

The UFU has formally sought information from the MFS about how they intend to manage and remunerate deployed staff and under which provisions they will do so.

In the meantime, please keep your own records of your deployment including times and dates of travel and hours worked whilst on deployment.

If you have any work health safety concerns which have arisen whilst on deployment, please at your earliest opportunity complete a HIRMS report so that the matter can be addressed.

Members are urged to keep your eye on your payslips and if they are not clear, please raise the issue via your chain of command using the SP26 form.

If the matter still remains unresolved, please contact the Union office on 08 8352 7211 or via email at info@ufusa.com.au.

This work will also inform draft provisions to assist in eliminating uncertainty which can be included in the negotiations for the next enterprise agreement, so do please keep us informed.

FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES

The issue of the lack of resourcing of firefighting is highlighted in the current circumstances. Whether it be the state of our appliances, BOPS, training, fire ground welfare, or the availability of equipment such as chainsaws, examples have been provided by members on the fire ground of the serious resourcing deficiencies the UFUSA has been consistently raising at every opportunity.

Your concerns and your voice will continue to be raised and your safety and well-being and that of the community you protect will continue to be vigorously pursued by your union.

PAY INCREASES

Pleasing to hear that members are now receiving the increased rates of pay arising from the 2% pay increase operative from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2019 and the 1.6% pay increase operative from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2020. I am advised that backpay will start to flow in the next pay period. Again, it is important that all members apply scrutiny to your payslips and act early if any queries arise. Clearer improved payslips remain high on the agenda in the enterprise agreement negotiations.

UNION SUBSCRIPTIONS

As reported in Wordback No 48 on 29 November 2019, the UFUSA Annual General Meeting resolved to increase union subscriptions by 3.6% from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2020. We have delayed the introduction of this increase due to the delay members have experienced in receiving your pay increases. The increase in the union subscription will now proceed.

ELECTION FOR THE UFUSA STATE COUNCIL CASUAL VACANCY

Advice has now been received from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) of the timetable for the election of the position of a Committee of Management member – Firefighter Representative.

All members up to and including Senior Firefighters are eligible to stand for this State Council position.

The election notice provided by the AEC will be published together with the official nomination form and come to you direct with your WordBack on 22 January 2020, when nominations will be declared open.

The election notice will also be published on the UFUSA website and be available from the union office.

Nominations must be in writing and candidates must be nominated by two other financial members. Prospective candidates and nominators are encouraged to verify your financial status with the UFU prior to lodging nominations. You can do this at any time by contacting the union office info@ufusa.com.au.

Nominations must reach the AEC Returning Officer via the stipulated lodgement methods (on the election notice) no later than 17:00 hours Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT) on 17 February 2020.

In the event there is more than one nomination a postal ballot will be conducted by the AEC opening on 10 March 2020 and closing at 17:00 hours ACDT on 9 April 2020.

Eligible members are strongly encouraged to consider standing for this important position and getting more involved in the decision-making of YOUR union.

In solidarity,

KANGAROO ISLAND DEPLOYMENT

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