v34# 24 New benefit for members

In this edition - Great benefit for fuel discount for UFUQ members with Freedom Fuels.

v34#23 Application of the motor vehicle allowance directive

In this edition - The Queensland Government’s Motor Vehicle allowance directive contains an entitlement for mileage payments where a firefighter or station officer is required to work away from their normal station to relieve or perform “special duties”. This directive has long applied to members through clause 13.3 of your Award.

v34# 22 Confirmed location of 100 firefighter positions

In this edition - You will recall that during the lead up to the 2017 State election, Premier Palaszczuk gave your union a commitment to fully fund an additional 100 firefighters and 12 fire communication officers on top of existing head count.

v34#21 - International Firefighters Day

In this Edition - As professional firefighters we dedicate our lives to protecting our communities and to looking after each other, and we take great pride in what we do.

v34#20 28 APRIL – WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY

In this edition - A day where the workers of the world pause for a second to honour those who have died at, or because of, work. Even 20 years into this new century and millennium, workers are (in preventable ways) being killed at work, with the 2020 death toll already at 63 (total as at 23 April 2020 reported by Safework Australia).

v34#19 AURION ERROR REPORTING EMAIL CHANGE

In this edition - Many of you reading this Code 2 would be among those caught up in the thousands of error corrections required every fortnight. After 6 months, the reports I am receiving are that things are getting worse not better. I have asked for some information on how many mistakes are being made, and what’s actually being done to prevent them.

v34#18 MORE AURION BLUNDERS - CHECK YOUR PAY!

In this edition - As you may remember, your union wrote to Fire and Rescue last month to formally notify them of the ongoing errors and inconsistencies in the new system that require urgent fixing:

v34#17 QFRS is not QFES!

In this edition - I am getting reports from UFUQ representatives across all regions of inconsistent consultation with you and your elected representatives relating to COVID19 and its effect on BAU. To be fair, I have heard of a few very good examples of consultation occurring, but also of course, we all know of some examples of total refusal to consult in areas where dinosaurs still roam.

v34#16 DOES COVID19 WAGE FREEZE FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFFECT YOU?

In this edition - On the morning of Thursday 2 April 2020 Queensland's Premier Ms Palaszczuk announced on live TV a 'wage freeze', stating -

v34#15 FIREFIGHTERS HANDING OUT FORMS AT AIRPORTS – FURTHER UPDATE

In this edition - I made the point in previous communications on this issue that things are moving quickly on COVID19 related matters and as such I wanted to inform you as soon as possible about the latest development.

v34#14 FIREFIGHTERS HANDING OUT FORMS AT AIRPORTS – IMPORTANT UPDATE

In this edition - As with all matters COVID19, things are moving quickly. I am yet to receive any contact from the Commissioner or any other representative of Fire and Rescue. This is a deliberate decision by QFES senior management to exclude your union from the discussion on this matter.

v34#13 FIRE AND RESCUE RESPONSE DURING COVID19

In this edition - One very important and current example of very poor decision making in ‘One QFES’ that has not included your union (we were rung and told verbally it’s happening) was the idea to send operational firefighters to hand out forms at airports.

v34#12 Aurion payroll errors and inconsistencies

In this edition - It has been around a month since QFES transitioned its entire staff onto the Aurion payroll system.

v34#11 COVID-19 leave arrangements confirmed

In this edition - Following on from previous updates relating to COVID-19 leave arrangements, I can now advise that I have received correspondence from QFES confirming that they will be administratively applying the relevant provisions from Directive 01/20 – Employment Arrangements in the Event of a Health Pandemic to Fire and Rescue.

v34#10 COVID19 – UFUQ State Office Risk Controls

In this edition - You are all well aware of the complex and rapidly evolving arrangements related to COVID19 being advised and/or prescribed by state and federal governments and chief medical officers.

v34#9 Fire and Rescue Service Pandemic Response Plan

In this edition - Many of you may have already seen the Deputy Commissioner’s advice on Monday 16th March 2020 relating to the Fire and Rescue Service Pandemic Response Plan (sent via internal QFES email). However, I would like to iterate the advice to ensure all members are aware of the major details.

v34#8 Update on leave arrangements relating to COVID-19

In this edition - Many of you may have already seen the Commissioner’s advice on Monday afternoon relating to COVID-19 leave arrangements (sent via internal QFES email). However, I would like to iterate the advice to ensure all members are aware of their entitlements (as it currently stands) –

v34 No 7 Leave arrangements relating to COVID-19

In this edition - Many of you have asked questions relating to leave arrangements should you contract COVID-19 or be required to self-isolate. The advice on this matter is unclear for now.

v34#6 COVID19

In this edition - I am sure you are all well aware of the growing concerns in Australia relating to the potential effects of the Covid19 pandemic.

V34#5 - MANDATORING REPORTING OF OTHER EMPLOYMENT - UPDATE

In this edition - As I reported in February 2020, QFES has written to your union stating it intends to progress the mandatory reporting of all other employment.