The 7th day of negotiations was completed on 5 March.

The Union negotiators reported the final outcome to the Union Committee on 8 March for the Committee’s consideration.

The Fire Service’s formal offer was detailed with the essential aspects:

  1. 2 ½ Year Term.

  2. From 1 January 07 to 30 June 07 a wage cost increase of around 1.8% (to provide an overall 4% increase 1 July 06 – 30 June 07).

  3. For the next 2 years (1 July 07 – 30 June 08; 1 July 08 – 30 June 09) an overall wage cost increase of 3% a year to accommodate base increase, Officer margins, Driver Allowance adjustment.

  4. Minor changes to LWOP provisions so that an actual vacancy is not necessary for a return to work, and a change for Residential Course Qualifications from Distance from Station to Course Venue to Distance from Home.

  5. Introduction of TAPs.

  6. Formal involvement in the development of the National Resource Allocation Model.

Not surprisingly the Committee concluded this offer ought not to be put to members for ratification.

The Union Committee is presently organizing Local meetings - to consider a ballot for industrial action.

The timetable for meetings and details of the action to be recommended will be provided in a further Newsletter shortly.

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