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Australian Emergency Law

The Ambulance Service of NSW and the Health Services Union (HSU) have been in ongoing dispute over the introduction of new rosters for rural ambulance stations.  I understand that the current roster has paramedics working for 12 hours on, then 12 hours off but during the ‘off’ period they are ‘on call’ and liable to be called back to work during which time they are paid ‘overtime’.  The ambulance service proposes to introduce 8 hour day and afternoon shifts so officers work shorter hours, but the effect is that their period ‘on call’ will be longer and they will get less consecutive days off to reflect the fact that they are working shorter hours.   Before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission the HSU argued ‘At the present time, ambulance officers enjoy 4 x 4 shifts (4 days work, 4 days off work). This will change to a roster pattern of…

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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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