Stop cuts to fire stations
The O’Farrell Liberal Government has imposed budget cuts which is seeing fire stations being closed and communities left with fewer firefighters. The FBEU is campaigning to stop these cuts, which put us all at risk.
- Write to your MP
- Report a station being closed
The O’Farrell Government’s June Budget imposed across-the-board cuts to the public sector wages bill by 1.2%, with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) being hit with a larger cut amounting to 1.75% – higher even than many clerical agencies.
FRNSW have confirmed that firefighters are not ‘frontline’ staff and FRNSW will have to make these cuts, despite Government announcements that ‘frontline’ staff will not be affected. In the case of FRNSW, O’Farrell requires employee-related expenses to be slashed by $7.6M in 2012/13, and by a cumulative $64M over the coming four years.
Firefighters, like all public sector workers, need to know that our state government is committed to providing decent services for the people of NSW.
This is why the ‘Better State’ campaign led by Unions NSW is an important initiative in the lead up to the next state election.