A major work for the Union over the next few weeks will be a detailed consideration of this Bill and leading to the development of a submission from the Union to the Select Committee.
This is a complex and lengthy piece of legislation. The timeframe for submissions is not yet available – we will advise members when this is known.
The Union will need assistance of members in developing our submission. There is a real need for co-ordination of comment on the Bill.
Already with only a preliminary look there are a number of issues of significant concern with the Bill. The Union supports the underlying principles behind the change – the merging of existing services and legislation that recognises the expanding role of the Fire Service. However, as we have said – the detail is critical – how things will be done.
It is this detail that our submission to the Select Committee will inevitably be focused on. After reading the Bill, do not hesitate to forward to the Union any issues, concerns or comments you might have. All this will be considered as the Union develops its submission.