WHSR MEETING FRIDAY 20 AUGUST 2021

UFUSA Event

Your elected Work Health and Safety Representatives are meeting this Friday, 20 August 2021 commencing at 10:00 hours at your union office at 148 South Road Torrensville and via Zoom with regional locations. This is the rescheduled meeting from July and the agenda includes the following: 

  • Diesel Particulate Matter
  • Resourcing Safety Issues
  • COVID-19 Report / Vaccinations
  • PPE/PPC Update
  • Hot Pad Training
  • Work Injuries and Compensation
  • BOPs
  • PFAS Update
  • Psychological Health and Well-Being
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • MFS SAPs, SOPs and Policies

Is your WHSR able to attend; do you have one? If not is someone from your Station available to participate? If you’d like to come along, please RSVP today to info@ufusa.com.au or give us a call on 8352 7211 ASAP. UFUSA Executive Officers are scheduled to meet again re WHS matters with the Chief and Deputy Officers at 14:00 hours today so hopefully we will have some positive updates for the meeting.

 WHSR/SHOP STEWARD ELECTIONS 

Congratulations to all newly elected/re-elected Work Health and Safety Reps/Shop Stewards and thank you for undertaking this important role. Level I and 2 WHSR training is currently being organised with dates to be advised in the near future. 

Members can directly access the Returning Officer’s Report, by clicking on the button below.

Why not express your personal thanks to your wonderful rep who advocate on your behalf? And if you can see your station doesn’t have a representative, now is the time to do something about it. Call us now if you’d like to arrange a meeting to ensure you have a voice. 

INTRODUCING UFUSA LEGAL OFFICER NADEEM SHARKI 

The UFUSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Legal Officer Nadeem Sharki who commenced work in our office this week following his years of legal practice. Nadeem joins Murray Bridge Shop Steward Rachel Eisen (pictured above at past WHSR training), who is also legally qualified and has been working with us over the last few months on a part-time basis. We are very glad to have such talented people as Nadeem and Rachel on our UFUSA office team working hard for UFU members. Please say g’day if you have the opportunity. 

UFUSA Nadeem Sharki

ACTU ANNOUNCEMENT RE WAGE STAGNATION 

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) announced yesterday that workers’ wages in Australia are more than remaining dismally stagnant – they are in fact going backwards in real terms. 

The latest Wage Price Index data released yesterday shows that real wages have fallen by 2.1% over the last 12 months. In this quarter, wages growth has been only 0.4%, while inflation in Australia has increased to 3.8%. 

In addition to those shocking figures, the public sector recorded wages growth of only 1.3% this year – its lowest annual rate of wages growth since the ABS started tracking this in 1997. 

The past 18 months have been extremely difficult for working Australians, as the pandemic persists, and lockdowns continue. Workers should be secure in knowing that they will be able to afford necessities like food and housing. 

ACTU President Michelle O’Neill said that “Australians deserve the security of knowing that they won’t be priced out of the most basic essentials like housing and food, because they’re watching prices go up while their wages decrease in real terms. We’re seeing low job security, an increasingly casualised workforce, and falling real wages. 

These figures show that at the very time when workers need security and confidence, they have a government with no plan to provide either. The combined impact of workers with less money to spend, insecure jobs, and lockdowns has a devastating effect on the whole community and economy. The Morrison Government is divorced from reality. They need to address job security, wage increases, and the need for spending to stimulate our economic recovery.” 

Mr Marshall’s bargaining representatives in MFS negotiations have said that they understand the need for the stimulation of the economy; it would be a shame if their actions demonstrate otherwise, as, despite our modest expectations, they continue to attempt to squeeze blood from the proverbial stone seeking trade-offs. Stay tuned. 

In solidarity 

WHSR MEETING FRIDAY 20 AUGUST 2021

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