SENIOR FIREFIGHTER QUALIFIED LEVEL 2 UPDATE

UFUSA AGM

On 27 October the UFU & SAMFS / DTF (the employer) attended a SA Employment Tribunal conference about the dispute where SAMFS unfairly demoted members from SFQ Level 2.

The Tribunal required that the conference be confidential. However, members know the Tribunal made recommendations about the dispute on 1 November.

On 1 November the UFU wrote to the employer and asked if the employer accepted all Tribunal recommendations and asked the employer to commit to timeframes to implement recommendations.

The employer says it has accepted some of the recommendations. The employer has not responded to requests in the UFU’s 1 November letter to commit to all recommendations and give commitments about when it will comply with relevant recommendations.

Because the employer has chosen not to say if it commits to all recommendations and, if it does, when it will comply with them, on 8 November the UFU has asked the Tribunal to reconvene the conference.

The UFU will update members about the dispute as soon possible.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING AND UNIFORM – LAUNDRY & MAINTENANCE INDUSTRIAL DECONTAMINATION SERVICES (IDS)

SAMFS has adopted a hard roll out of a new procedure for personal protective equipment/clothing and uniform instead of the agreed process of trial prior to roll out of new garments and procedures.

Although our union is heartened to hear of improvements in the management of contaminated garments and greater tracking of PPE/C generally, members are reporting a number of concerns in relation to the rollout, announced by the employer in a memo last week.

Of particular concern is the reported inadequate supply at stations of bags, zip ties and labels to dispatch contaminated gear.

In addition, a phone app has been introduced which is reportedly not currently functioning.
The greatest concern being raised by members however is the move away from the personal issue of PPE/C to firefighters being directed instead to replacements from a “garment pool”.

While the above matters have been taken up with management it is important that members report through your chain of command if you have not got the necessary requisites on site or have concerns in relation to the above. Where an SP 26 is completed, it is appreciated if you will also email a copy to our office info@ufusa.com.au.

2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Members are urged to come along and show your support for your union by attending the 2021 Annual General Meeting where you will hear a report on the business of our union throughout the year, consider the Auditor’s Report so you can see where your money’s been spent and then enjoy a delicious rotisserie lunch in great company.

State Councillors, Staff and Shop Stewards will be present for a full report and discussion on the EA/Safety and Resourcing Campaign into 2022.

Members are urged to come along and show your support for your union by attending the 2021 Annual General Meeting where you will hear a report on the business of our union throughout the year, consider the Auditor’s Report so you can see where your money’s been spent and then enjoy a delicious rotisserie lunch in great company.

State Councillors, Staff and Shop Stewards will be present for a full report and discussion on the EA/Safety and Resourcing Campaign into 2022.

What: AGM followed by Christmas Lunch

When: Thursday, 9 December 2021 at 10:00 hours; lunch at 12:30 hours

Where: UFUSA Office, 148 South Road Torrensville

RSVP is a requirement for attendance for catering and Covid purposes – please email info@ufusa.com.au or call Gail on 8352 7211 if you would like to participate.

We look forward to you joining us.

In solidarity,

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