CODE 2, VOL 30, NO 15 : 29 april 2016
Election vacancies – Branch/State Committee of Management
This week you will be receiving a ballot paper for Branch President. Please note that this is an election for the QLD President of your union (BCOM and SCM). This is not a local position.
Please take the time to fill in the ballot paper and vote in this very important election.
Ballots close on Monday 9 May 2016 at 5pm.
If you require any further information, please contact the union office on 07 3844 0366.
John Oliver - State Secretary
v34#51 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGIn this edition - In accordance with the union’s Rules, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the United Firefighters Union of Australia, Union of Employees, Queensland will be held at the UFUQ office, 286 Montague Road, West End commencing at 9.30 am on 19th October 2020. All financial members are entitled to attend. Should you wish to attend, please advise the union office so that seating arrangements can be made.
v34#50 September 11 Attacks - A day to rememberIn this edition - In 2001, after coordinated terrorist attacks on United States soil, the twin towers of the World Trade centre in lower Manhattan collapsed. As a result of the attack, 343 New York firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice.
v34#48 QUEENSLAND WAGE THEFT LEGISLATION PASSES PARLIAMENTIn this edition - The Queensland Criminal Code 1899 has for over a century included an offence for ‘stealing as a servant’. You will have seen many media reports over the years of workers being convicted of such criminal offences.
v34#46 QLD GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES THE PSBA EXPERIMENT IS ENDINGIn this edition - On Monday 7 September 2020 the Treasurer Mr Dick provided a government economic update. In that update it was announced that all functions of Public Service Business Agency (PSBA) are being ‘folded back’ into One QFES and the QPS, and that the PSBA will be no more.
v34#43 WHY DOES THE PSBA STILL EXIST?!In this edition - The Public Service Business Agency (PSBA) was a dud from day one, based on a thought bubble in the now completely discredited Keelty Report. It’s still a dud. It was a bad idea and it’s driven bad outcomes in areas like uniforms, procurement, fleet, maintenance and workshops and more.
V34#36 PRESUMPTIVE PTSD LAWS INTRODUCED TO QLD PARLIAMENTIn this edition - In Code 2 Vol: 34 #31 of 24 July 2020 I provided an overview of your union’s work with the state government regarding changes to the workers’ compensation laws to provide for presumption of injury for PTSD injuries with coverage for professional firefighters and auxiliary firefighters, and fire communication officers.
v34#33 QFRS to transition back from GWN to wideband analogue ASAPIn this edition - I am pleased to finally be able to officially report that the protracted negotiations between your union, QFRS and the state government have finally resulted in an agreement between your union and QFRS that for those working in GWN coverage, QFRS fireground communications will commence transitioning back to wideband analogue.
v34#32 QFRS Commissioner commits to full budget for Fire and Rescue!In this edition - You will recall in a recent Code 2 (V34#28 dated 09 July 2020) I reported that your union had written to the Commissioner asking how QFES intends to stop wasting money that needs to be directed towards firefighters, fire trucks and fire stations and fire communication centres.
v34#31 UFUQ CONTINUES CAMPAIGN FOR PRESUMPTIVE LEGISLATION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURIESIn this edition - As you would know, after many years of campaigning, in September 2015, the Palaszczuk Government passed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act) that resulted in the introduction of presumptive legislation for firefighters who are diagnosed with one of 12 ‘specified diseases’ (cancers).
v34#27 GPS DASHCAM AND AUDIO RECORDING IN APPLIANCES – UPDATEIn this edition - Following on from my recent Code 2 about the installation of video and audio recording devices in appliances (and ERV’s), I can provide the following update.
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