Today a delegation of UFUSA members had a very positive meeting with the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Dr Susan Close, to discuss our campaign for resourcing and safety in the SAMFS. A big thank you to all those who participated and so clearly articulated why firefighters are going to such extraordinary lengths to pursue our claim for the resourcing necessary for firefighters to stay safe as you protect the community.
We have previously met with the Leader of the Opposition Peter Malinouskas and the Shadow Spokesperson for Emergency Services, Lee Odenwalder, advising of the concerns underpinning our campaign and seeking their support for it. The UFUSA is seeking a firm commitment to action on resourcing the MFS from the ALP, should they be elected to government in 2022.
It was encouraging this week to receive supportive correspondence in relation to our campaign from Justin Hansen MLC and hopefully as firefighters visit more elected representatives from across the spectrum of political views in Parliament, educating them about the current dire state of resourcing in the MFS, that understanding and support will grow.
Please let us know if you would like to participate in a delegation to your local member by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 8352 7211 and your interest will be registered so we can keep you advised.
Next stop is a meeting with the Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Rob Lucas on Monday, 8 February 2021. Members will be kept informed of developments.
The UFUSA State Council is also pleased to be hosting a visit from Senator Penny Wong at our meeting on 11 February 2021 at 11:00 hours. Due to Covid restrictions, space is limited however there are some spare seats still available. RSVP is strictly required by email by close of business 10 February.
Members are reminded to ensure that internal reports are made in relation to issues and problems experienced with appliances and equipment; a big thank you to all of those who are sending information to the union and we are currently developing a form to assist you in providing the relevant details and this will be circulated to you in the near future.
Meanwhile more campaign materials are being distributed and your second union T-shirt is now available on request from our office with more being ordered as sizes run out.
The replacement for the HIRMS program was discussed at length at this month’s SAMFS WHS Meeting.
Key concerns raised at the meeting included:
- The inability of members to log in (i.e. users not being recognised by the system);
- The difficulty in completing the forms in the appropriate manner;
- The lack of an automatically generated follow-up email aimed at reminding supervisors to investigate the lodged reports; and
- The overall time being taken to investigate and finalise the reports.
The MySafety system was introduced as a whole of government change and therefore we are told these significant issues are being experienced across the entire SA Public Sector.
SAMFS WHS Advisors have been giving feedback to the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector employment and the matter is being pursued externally for remedy.
We are informed by management that information on how to use the system is available on the Members Only Website, members are strongly encouraged to review the information on how to use the system and where there is a lack of detail or information, to raise your concerns via the chain of command in the first instance.
NEW UFUSA WEBSITE
Information about our Resourcing and Safety Campaign in the MFS is and will continue to be posted on our website as well as on our Facebook page. You will find many other resources on our new website which may be of interest or assistance to you such as copies of your award, enterprise agreement, shift calendars for MFS Metro, Mount Gambier, Port Pirie and OTR as well as information about other matters including WHS and workers compensation.
Being a “Progressive Web Application” makes it easy to view on portable and handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Feedback to date has been really positive so please do take a look and let us know what you think, especially if you have ideas about additional information you’d like provided on the website which would be of assistance to members.
ONLINE CAMPAIGN PETITION
A reminder to members that in an additional step in our campaign, our union has commenced an online petition in response to all those who wish to support firefighters and send a direct message to the Marshall government. You can access the UFUSA petition here, or on our Facebook page or here.
Thank you to those of you who have already signed the petition, over 8,000 at last count, and we urge you to forward the petition on to family, friends and acquaintances and ask them to consider supporting our campaign by signing the petition and by sharing it as far and wide as possible.