Stand-Ins - Public Holidays

Subsequent to agreement between the Union and Fire Service, the following will apply:

  • The person actually working (doing the stand-in) will receive the additional .5 payment at their appropriate hourly rate.

Black Watch – Attraction Strategies

In conjunction and associated with the Part 4 Job Sizing exercise, the Fire Service has established a group including Union Representative Peter Hallett, to look at the overall issue of attraction of people into Black Watch positions.

The Union supports this project and encourages participation. This project is not designed to specifically address remuneration or C.A. issues, but the information collected might identify matters such as remuneration, which will be forwarded to the appropriate C.A. Working Parties.

Working Parties – C.A.

The Working Parties looking at Black Watch and Com. Centres are in the process of developing relevant Job Descriptions for relevant benchmark positions. Once this has been completed, the benchmark positions will be subject to the Job Sizing exercise undertaken last year for operational staff.

Collective Agreement – Pay Rise

Work has nearly been completed between the Union and the Fire Service using data collected by Hays to determine the pay increase to apply from 1 July 2014. As well absence rates relative to the Agreement on the increase in Overtime Rates will be considered.

There will be a need to amend all the charts as in the Part 5 Tables & Charts. This is a considerable exercise.

It is expected that the finalized information will be able to be released next week and this will include the % increase and the amended charts including amended Overtime Rates.

Qualified Firefighters – those affected by Strike Action

The Union and the Fire Service have concluded an Agreement to resolve this Dispute. A copy of this Agreement is attached.

The Agreement provides a collective payment of some $87,000 to the affected workers.

As well, the Agreement provides that all reasonable steps will be taken by all parties to ensure that the requirements for progression to S.F.F. will be achieved within the normal 4 year cycle.

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