Members are warmly congratulated for your extraordinary resolve and solidarity which has enabled our union to reach agreement today with Chief Officer Mr Morgan, to meet late next week with him and Deputy Chief Officer Mr Fletcher and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mr Button. There is indeed strength in solidarity.
While the Chief Officer has not yet agreed to participate in enterprise agreement negotiations, dialogue between parties in dispute is always desirable and we hope that this will lead to progress in developing a pathway to working collectively on the issues which put the health and well-being of firefighters and the community, at risk.
As advised in Wordback No 18 and 20 of 2021, our union made the offer to lift the bans if the Chief would meet with us. Today it has been agreed that the parties will meet at 13:00 hours on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and accordingly, in good faith, the bans will be lifted from commencement of shift tomorrow, 30 April 2021.
There is of course no guarantee that our future meetings within the MFS will be as productive as we hope however you can be assured that we will use our best endeavours to continue to seek progress.
Be very clear that our Safety and Resourcing Campaign calling on the Marshall government to listen to firefighters’ concerns about the current inadequate resourcing of the SAMFS and the impact of it on firefighter and public safety, continues unabated.
We hope this will assist the MFS in meeting its responsibilities as employer, in particular as the PCBU under the Work Health and Safety Act.
BANS LIFTED from commencement of D shift, Friday 30 April 2021:
➢ Operational “Acting up” Ban is lifted
➢ Full Passive Shift – there is a return to the Daily Work Routine
➢ Fire Alarm Reporting – codes in AIIRS Reports
Political campaigning will continue with visits to individual Members of Parliament ongoing.
Union T-Shirts will continue to be worn by all members. And if you are feeling the cold, don’t forget that fabulous union hoodies are available from the union office for under cost price ($30), which can also be worn.
Meantime we will continue to use every opportunity to engage in dialogue with MFS leadership about the matters of concern to firefighters while also maintaining our campaign for resourcing.
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.