A strong message about the need for safety and resourcing in the MFS was sent to the employer by the hundreds of UFU members who took to the streets of Adelaide on 1 April.
That rally followed 18 months of fruitless and frustrating negotiations for a new enterprise agreement in which your employer point-blank refuses to discuss the critical issues of concern to firefighters – safety and resourcing.
Our union has continued to request the presence of the MFS Chief Officer at the meetings or indeed anywhere, to discuss the issues in dispute between the parties and to actively seek resolution of them.
We are certain he must understand the dire situation of resourcing within the MFS and the consequences, both actual and potential. Only recently on 8 April, the Chief Officer was present at the Wingfield fire when the Bronto (26 years old) broke down and members had to erect a ladder to get firefighters safely back on the ground while it took four hours to get the appliance operational again.
UFU State Council
As your UFU State Council met this week we received correspondence from the MFS Chief Officer in which he simply continues to ignore our ongoing requests for a meeting in relation to the issues in dispute between the parties currently.
State Council unanimously expressed deep concern at the outright disrespect being shown to firefighters by the chief’s failure, month after month to respond to the request of the legislated voice of firefighters, to meet.
Simply handing over any care or concern for firefighters to bureaucrats who clearly have absolutely no understanding of operational matters, is untenable.
State Council resolved that until the Chief Officer agrees to meet the UFU in relation to the issues in dispute, the industrial action will be escalated taking effect from Tuesday, 27 April 2021:
➢ Operational “Acting up” Ban is reinstated – The UFU is highlighting that we are still yet to see a revised SAP36. The current document is not relevant to current staffing practices and with even more SFFQ personnel on the way the revision is even more pressing.
➢ Full Passive Shift – Full-Time firefighters (booster tests and SFQ Level 2 course will continue)
➢ Union T-Shirts continue to be worn by all members. And if you are feeling the cold, fabulous union hoodies are available from the union office for under cost price, which can also be worn.
➢ The UFU supports the wearing of dress shirts to the Anzac Day Dawn Services out of respect to those who served. Lest We Forget.
➢ Opportunities to be in the public eye will continue, including truck checks on the front apron and Proactive drilling as arranged by members for public education purposes.
➢ Fire Alarm Reporting Continuation of restriction of codes in AIIRS Reports
➢ Allocation of overtime costs to a new cost centre (817) remains banned.
If the Chief continues to run and hide from the issues in dispute, further actions will be introduced.
Meantime, the following Campaign actions will be continuing unabated:
Political Campaign – political campaigning and lobbying of Members of Parliament of all parties, including delegations of members continues. Let us know if you’re interested in participating by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Public and Social Media Campaign – to ensure the voice of firefighters is heard.
Collective Union and Community Activities
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 campaign page.