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"Shame Dempsey, Shame"

Ambulance officers and firefighters took their campaign to the streets of Bundaberg yesterday with a rally in the Community Safety Minister’s electorate. About 80 emergency service workers took part in the protest at Anzac Park, the latest stage in an ongoing campaign against government cutbacks. For the first time ever, ambos and firies united recently, mounting a joint campaign against Campbell Newman’s attempts to downgrade Queensland emergency services. They’ve already held rallies in Brisbane, Mackay and Cairns and yesterday took their message to Minister Jack Dempsey’s electorate. Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 15 of 2012

Last week saw the start of the conciliation process requested by QAS. Your elected representatives met with Commissioner Thompson at the Queensland Industrial Commission, along with representatives of QAS. Once again, the QAS showed that they were not prepared to move from their original demands which would see our conditions, consultation rights and important penalties stripped away in return for a 2.2% pay increase. Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 14 of 2012

Yesterday your elected negotiators again met with the government to attempt to progress negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement with the QAS.  The Government, having refused to move from their original offer – essentially leaving us with a “take it or leave it” deal.  After months of negotiation the government continue to insist ambulance officers accept a pay rise of 2.2 per cent per year, and reduced conditions including :  removal of meal penalties,  reduction of roster projection to three weeks,  loss of all consultation and  removal of job security provisions. Continue reading

URGENT: EB 2012 Update 13 of 2012

Your EB Negotiating team, elected delegates from across the state, sat down with QAS and the Government again this week to try to negotiate the new EB, which will replace the current determination (which expires on September 30th). What is clear from these meetings is the need for us to continue to fight the Government’s attacks on our conditions, and our right to be treated as professional officers. QAS have given us their proposed agreement, which reflects the Government’s original offer, and which will: • Remove meal overtime penalties • Reduce the Roster Projection period to just 3 weeks • Remove all consultative, management, restrictive, and employee refusal provisions • Introduce an aggregate rate of pay The only increase in benefits proposed by QAS are the ability to cash out Long Service Leave, and the 2.2% wage increase. Our bargaining reps have repeatedly asked QAS to provide a document tracking all provisions that have been removed or changed – this was finally provided this week. To this point, discussions with QAS have had very little traction – the focus has primarily been on the aggregate rate.   Continue reading