The UFU is pleased to announce the election of Bryce Williams to the position of Shop Steward/HSR for Adelaide Station ‘C’ Shift.
Members are aware that following the initiation of the bargaining period the first meeting in pursuit of your next Enterprise Agreement (EA) saw negotiations commence on the 8th October 2019, twelve months ago, with several other meetings taking place in person up until March 2020.
Our world as we knew it was then turned upside down with no meaningful progress made in advancing the EA during the period of lock down. With things returning to a form of normality, it was expected that negotiations would recommence in earnest. This has not happened with the employer claiming that as the parties are in dispute on an Award matter, negotiations will not take place until there is settlement in this matter. Such a claim is simply errant nonsense and appears to be nothing more than a delaying tactic by the government, your employer, driven by an attitude or belief that a day delayed is more dollars saved.
The only thing progressing is that we are getting closer and closer to what appears inevitable, a campaign underpinned by action with full effort to recommence EA negotiations and ultimately, the settlement of your next Agreement.
A joint meeting of Shop Stewards and State Councillors is to be held on the 28th October with the specific purpose of considering the appropriate actions to the Enterprise Agreement negotiations and resourcing campaign.
Station visits to discuss the Enterprise Agreement negotiations and resourcing issues and other related matters are being carried out by the UFU. If your shift and station is yet to receive a visit and you would like to organise one as a matter of priority, please call the Union on 8352 7211 to arrange a suitable time for us to come visit you.
MEETING WITH THE MINISTER
In consideration of the stalled Enterprise Agreement negotiations and Resourcing issues being faced by members, the UFU has organised a meeting with the Hon. Vincent Tarzia, Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services for mid-October. The purpose of the meeting is to the brief the Minister with regards to the stalled Enterprise Agreement negotiations, the state of resources within the MFS and other related matters. Stay tuned as a future Wordback will provide a report back on that meeting. 2
JOINT SHOP STEWARD/HSR AND STATE COUNCIL MEETING
The Union has organised a joint meeting of all Shop Stewards/HSRs and State Councillors for Wednesday 28 October 2020. The meeting will commence at 10am and is due to finish at 3pm.
Deployment for our full-time representatives has been sought and the MFS has agreed to deploy where possible.
Retained representatives will be able to join the meeting online with details including links to be forwarded shortly.
Please RSVP to Gail in the office on (08) 8352 7211 to confirm your attendance or otherwise and advise of any dietary requirements.
SENIOR FIREFIGHTER LEVEL 2 QUALIFIED
To date, the UFU is still to receive a response to our correspondence urging the MFS to initiate SF Level 2 Qualified training as a matter of priority. Contrary to what some members may be hearing, the UFU is not holding up the delivery of this training. Members will be kept updated as this matter progresses.
DIRECT / LATERAL ENTRY
The UFU has received correspondence from the MFS informing us that the Chief has been provided with a draft procedure which outlines the general direction of the proposed process for direct / lateral entry.
The Chief has endorsed this matter to be made a priority for the consideration of the Recruitment Committee where UFU members are represented by myself, as the only UFU representative on the Committee.
The UFU has responded to the correspondence welcoming the enlightened approach and has endorsed the prioritisation of this matter for the Recruitment Committee.
As usual practice, formal consultation with the State Council will occur before any policy or procedure is endorsed. Members will be kept updated as this matter progresses.
RECOGNITION OF TIME SPENT IN GAD’D POSITIONS
After a significant period of time of urging the MFS to address this issue, agreement has been reached to form the ‘GAD Working Group’. The purpose of this group is for the UFU and MFS to negotiate and establish an agreed position on the question of recognition of time served when GAD’d.
The group will consist of three MFS representatives and two UFU representatives. The UFU representatives will be established at the upcoming State Council meeting.
Members will be kept updated as the group begins its work.