It appears the strike action my Union (FBEU) took helped firefighters, paramedics, and also other ancillary employees. We really did make a dent on O’Farrell’s draconian legislation. Now we need to get protection back for others who lost cover.

Australian Emergency Law

In an earlier post (Fire fighters and paramedics exempted from workers compensation changes) I noted that there had been changes to Workers Compensation laws in NSW.  The changes were meant to limit compensation benefits.  Originally the changes would have applied to everyone other than volunteers whose entitlement to compensation was determined by the Workers Compensation (Bush Fire, Emergency And Rescue Services) Act 1987 (NSW).  As a result of political pressure, and whilst the Bill was making its way through Parliament it was amended to exclude police officers, and later paramedics and fire fighters from the changes.

The Australian Workers Union on behalf of its members, sought advice from the Office of Environment and Heritage that it would regard those employees who were engaged in fire fighting, including hazard mitigation duties, as ‘fire fighters’ for the purpose of the changes and so they would be covered by the older…

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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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