UFUSA RESOURCING CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Resourcing Campaign

RESOURCING CAMPAIGN ACTIONS, BANS AND LIMITATIONS:

WHAT’S ON and WHAT’S NOT

SUSPENDED INDUSTRIAL ACTIONS:

As advised in WordBack No 41 of 2020, active public campaigning including public drilling is suspended due to COVID restrictions. This action will be revived shortly.

Please Note: The distribution of campaign materials has been delayed by the lockdown however printing and distribution is being recommenced ASAP.

Stage Three, including the Work to Rule –Adherence to Shift Times as advised in Wordback No 41, will NOT now proceed tomorrow, 24 November 2020 as planned; this action is suspended but it is likely to be revived in the near future.

UFUSA Resourcing Campaign

All scheduled training is exempt from industrial action.

The following is provided to assist in an understanding of what is accepted within ‘scheduled training’:

Accepted within ‘Scheduled training’: Training or Courses listed on the deployment that have had a significant investment in planning, and assist in the maintenance of skill and safety e.g. current RCR, current HAZMAT in-service, current Ropes; Training scheduled at Station level which may not be included in the deployment, but ensures appropriate maintenance of skill and safety; Training which benefits member progression through the SDF.

Not accepted within the meaning of ‘Scheduled training’ as listed on the deployment: eg Formal visits, PBI, White Ribbon Training.

ONGOINGAND ESCALATED INDUSTRIAL ACTIONS:

The following actions bans and limitations from Resourcing Campaign Stage One remain

ONGOING:

  • Suspension of the daily work routine
  • Fire Alarm Reporting Do not submit Automatic fire alarm details into AIIRS
  • UFUSAT-shirt Operational members: first day shift will wear the UFU t-shirt for the full shift, in and off station. “T Shirt Tuesday” for day workers who can wear the union T-shirt all day; optional when working from home! Members employed in Retained Stations are encouraged to wear the union T-shirt on training nights, even if just on zoom. Please note: Shirts are NOT required over top of T-shirts.
  • Political Lobbying campaign and meetings with MPs is being re-commenced.

STAGE TWO BAN ON ON-SHIFT ACT UPS IS ONGOING

Our Resourcing Campaign ramped up with the Stage Two ban which commencedon Monday, 16 November 2020. In addition to the actions, bans and limitations of Stage One, the ban on operational on-shift act ups was introduced.

State Council determined last week that this Stage TWO ban will continue in force together with the Stage One actions until further notice.

STAGE TWO BAN NOW EXTENDED

An EXTENSION of the ACT UP BAN has also now come into force which bans the allocation of overtime costs to a new cost centre (currently numbered 817).

In a strong message to the employer, theUFU State Council having heard and considered a report in relation to the Resourcing Campaign unanimously endorsed the following resolution:

“The Union is now aware of an attempt to artificially divert the costs associated with the long term mismanagement of staffing within the MFS.

As a consequence, the UFUSA Resourcing Campaign ban on Acting Up now extends to any action which would facilitate such diversion, including the allocation to the new cost centre of overtime attributable to, or thought to be attributable to,the UFUSA Resourcing Campaign.”

It is clear that the implementation of any industrial action is dependent upon the determination and solidarity of our membership and we thank you all for your support for this critical campaign.

It is understood that such determination and solidarity is likely to come under challenge in the course of events. Should you be instructed or requested by a representative of management to act in breach of that solidarity it is recommended that your response be polite, firm and unequivocal, such as “I respectfully decline to comply because it is again my union’s industrial action”and you will be supported in this by our Union.

UFUSA Resourcing Campaign

As you may have read in Wordback No 41 of 2020, the MFS is prohibited from discriminating against any employee for participating in the UFUSA’s current industrial action. This means if your chain of command requires you to do something that has been banned or limited by the UFUSA or penalises you in some other way in the carrying out of your duties, the MFS may be liable for a fine of up to $20,000. While the UFUSA does not seek such confrontation, we stand ready to meet the challenge.

Congratulations on your strong support for your claim for the necessary resourcing of appliances, equipment, support and training necessary for all UFUSA members to protect the community in a safe and professional manner into the future.

A full Resourcing Campaign report will be provided at the AGM which will proceed onThursday, 26 November 2020 (see below for details).

The COVID Restrictions may mean the re-scheduling of the Public Rally planned for 3 December-members will be kept informed as events unfold.

Social media is being embraced by our union for the first time in such a campaign and if you wish, it would be great if you can follow us on Facebook here and encourage your family and friends to do so too. Thank you to everyone who has forwarded photographs and videos illustrating the resourcing concerns; please keep them coming. Did you know that 2 more MFS trucks were reportedly taken off the road as unroadworthy in the last week?

DUTY CAMPAIGN STATE COUNCIL CONTACTS

State Councillors have kindly agreed to be “duty officers” to assist members with any queries or problems in relation to the actions, bans and limitations of the campaign.Contact details are as follows:

Michael Riggs0400 211 325
Matt Watherston0414 600 045
Gideon Douglas0438 332 781
Brad Robertson0433 469 565
Greg Chivers0418 824 706
Tim Maitland0457 749 1594

UFU ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The lifting of the COVID Lockdown restrictions enables the UFU AGMs to proceed as previously advised, with the UFUSA and the UFU SA Branch AGMs to be held at the UFUSA Office 148 South Road, Torrensville on Thursday, 26 November 2020at 0930 hours, with the strict application of the relevant regulations.

These include that members are requiredto register your attendance in advance in order that the necessary personal space and other requirements can be met.Please register now by emailing us at info@ufusa.com.au or by calling 8352 7211. Accredited COVID Marshals will be in attendance. Lunch will be provided so please do also let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

If registration numbers exceed the space currently available, the venue may be changed with short notice to the Thebarton Community Centre further along South Road; keep an eye out for advice in your Wordback, just in case, and those who register will be advised immediately.

AGM AGENDA

AGENDA – UFUA SA Branch

  1. Apologies
  2. Finance And Auditor’s Report

AGENDA -UFUSA AGM

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of previous meeting
  3. Minutes of previous meeting
  4. Auditor’s Report
  5. Secretary’s Annual Report
  6. UFUSA Resourcing Campaign
  7. General Business

We hope to see you there!

Fergus Appliance

COVID-19 LEAVE

Members have raised questions regarding the type of leave applicable when you are required to undergo a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the results of the test. The Commissioner’s Determination ‘3.1: Employment Conditions –Hours of Work, Overtime and Leave: Supplementary Provisions for COVID-19’ addresses this matter and can be found here.

ABSENCE WHILE AWAITING COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results, you should, where practicable and appropriate, be permitted to work from home until the test results are confirmed. If working from home is not an option or if you are unfit for duties, then you are entitled to special leave with pay for up to 72 hours following the testing.

Please note, evidence of testing and of the results once received must be provided to your employer to ensure that the period of special leave with pay aligns with the requisite isolation period. If you return a negative test and are still unwell/unfit for duties, then normal sick leave provisions apply.

If you have been incorrectly informed that you must take sick leave, please refer the decision maker to the Commissioner’s Determination via an SP26 and provide them the opportunity to reverse the decision. If this issue is still not resolved, please contact the UFU Office on 8352 7211 or via email at info@ufusa.com.au.

ENDING ON SOME POSITIVE NOTES :

Improvement to Fire Ground Welfare-let’s keep it up Credit where it’s due, so thank you to those involved in ensuring that the Elizabeth Crew deployed to Port Pirie recently for a long day’s work were fed and hydrated. The offer of dinner as well, while not taken up, was greatly appreciated.

NIPPER’S SPECIAL DAY

Congratulations Nipper, the word is that you celebrated your recent significant birthday with gusto. A big shout out to everyone who helped to make it so special for a special person; now your crew is saying bring on the cheesecake!

UFUSA Nippers Day

XMAS PAGEANT

A big thank you to all those who volunteered to help out with the 2020 Xmas pageant, you did a great job as always bringing happiness to others.

WET WEATHER GEAR

Great to see the wet weather jacket is finally here and available for members to order. Good feedback on it so far so thank you to those involved in doing a sterling job on procurement.

MFS Wet Weather Gear

In solidarity,

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