On the 22 January 2018 your union attended the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) for the first hearing on the PSA’s application to the vary Crown Employees (Rural Fire Service) Award.
At the hearing, Rural Fire Service (RFS) management did not raise any legal objections to the application, and the hearing progressed as a directions hearing. Commissioner Newall made the following directions for arbitration:
The PSA is seeking members to be witnesses at the hearing and our lawyers are asking that we get a maximum of six witnesses who will provide witness statements that will be submitted as evidence at the hearing. The statements will demonstrate the issues with the RFS Award such as:
The variations we are seeking to the RFS award are based on the range of issues that members have raised. Click HERE to view the award.
To put together the witness statements by 16 February 2018, we are asking members to be involved in the following ways:
PSA members who attend the IRC will be entitled to special leave.
The PSA will reimburse members from regional areas for travel and accommodation.
The PSA will also support members in putting together their witness statements.
We are asking members who would like to be involved as a witness to register their interest by filling in this survey HERE.
Your union will continue to update members on the developments with the award variation and will be visiting workplaces to update members.
If you would like to arrange a meeting at your workplace, please email Bart McKenzie at email@example.com.
Andrew Boulton – PSA Industrial Officer
Bart McKenzie – PSA Senior Organiser