Firefighters stand up for their cause
MARYBOROUGH firefighters stopped working in protest of proposed State Government reforms.
The firefighters staged a two-hour stopwork meeting on Tuesday, to show their disapproval of the LNP's position on a number of issues.
A spokesman for the firefighters said only administrative tasks were abandoned for the protest, with officers still answering 000 calls and responding to emergencies.
He said some of the issues the firefighters were unhappy with included the abolishment of their right to be consulted on new equipment purchases and the axing of fire prevention programs.
Another was the possibility of having auxiliary firefighters filling shifts on the permanent firefighter roster.
A spokesman for Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said this practice was already common, with 31 stations across the state where both auxiliary and full-time staff were stationed. "The Government is seeking a fair and reasonable enterprise bargaining agreement with the United Firefighters Union," he said.