Why join the UFU Aviation Branch?
Quite often these days, you will hear someone say, "Why join the union?" With the introduction of restrictive industrial relations laws, the more important question that should be posed is "What's at stake if we aren't in the union?".
What have Unions done?
Many of the benefits and conditions that employees enjoy today have been hard fought for by unions with the strong and united backing of their members. It's no secret that employers will reduce their costs by any means necessary, which usually begins with the targeting of the remuneration and conditions of their employees.
Thankfully, the collective actions of employees with representation from their union has ensured that the industrial interests of Australia's working men and women have remained upheld, despite the many struggles put forward by governments and employers.
Just some of these benefits and conditions that are fought for include;
- Long service, annual and sick/carer's leave
- Worker's Compensation
- Equal pay for women and flexible conditions
- Penalty rates
- Anti-discrimination laws
- Workplace Health & Safety Laws
The UFU Aviation Branch
The UFUAV represents close to 900 professional firefighters, who are located at 26 airport fire stations around Australia. With over 98% membership of ARFFS firefighters unified in our organisation, we are able to ensure that their industrial and Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) interests are both represented, and when needed, fought for with the assistance of our dedicated in-house legal team.
Some of the UFUAV's achievements in representing their members include;
- Ongoing consultation and representation of our members with Airservices across a wide range of issues such as WHS, industrial relations and enterprise bargaining, as well as operational firefighting issues. Our union also has an in-house legal team who are there to assist in representing members' rights.
- Composite wage - retainment of the condition where if an employee is on sick leave or the like, then there is no reduction in pay, with additional hours of pay also paid at the composite rate rather than a lower 'base' rate of pay.
- Periodical wage increases - outlined in the current enterprise agreement, which currently is set at 2% increments, which is the maximum allowable by the APSC (Australian Public Service Commission).
- Presumptive legislation - through a national campaign in which the UFUAV was prominent in, legislation was introduced that automatically accepted firefighters' compensation claims should they contract one of the listed cancers and other relevant criteria.
- Disallowance motion - which ensured that Airservices Australia was to be the sole provider of aircraft rescue & firefighting services in Australia, thus preserving job security for our members.