NSW Fire Stations given reprieve from Industrial Court – #FRNSW #FBEU #Ausunions


Fire Stations given reprieve from Industrial Court

The Fire Brigade Employees Union says it is been given a one-week reprieve from the State Government’s plans to temporarily close fire stations, including many in the Hunter.

The Union is in the Industrial Relations Commission again next Thursday hoping to end the dispute over the O’Farrell Government’s budget cuts.
Cessnock Council was told this week four of six local fire stations were due to close yesterday.

Union State Secretary, Jim Casey says Fire and Rescue New South Wales is considering his organisation’s proposals to meet the budget cuts.
“Really, we’ve got a weeks reprieve on the temporary station closures or the problems we’re going to have with response times and with some of their other responses to the budget cuts,” he said.

“We’ll know next Thursday whether the cuts occur in such a way as to impede upon community safety or whether they occur elsewhere.

“I think this is a tragic situation that we have to have this conversation.
“The problem here is the budget cuts themselves.”…

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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