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Firefighters and Ambulance Officers rally in Bundaberg
When: 1.30pm, Thursday November 1st
Where: Anzac Park, Quay Street, Bundaberg
Firefighters and Ambulance Officers will today (Thursday) take their campaign against cutbacks to
emergency services to the Minister for Community Safety Jack Dempsey’s electorate in Bundaberg.
It’s part of an unprecedented campaign by the United Firefighters Union and United Voice, the
ambulance officers union against Campbell Newman’s attack on Queensland Emergency Services.
The action follows the launch of a TV ad campaign in Bundaberg last week highlighting the impact of
cuts to community safety and calling on the public to support this joint campaign.
Secretary of the UFU John Oliver says “We have written to Minister Jack Dempsey on FIVE separate
occasions calling on him to meet with us and discuss our concerns but he continues to ignore us.”
“Today we are taking our message directly to his electorate, once again asking him to address our
fears and guarantee any cutbacks will not impact on officer and community safety.”
“We cannot have a situation where firies and ambos are silenced, their conditions removed and the
public put in danger.”
Queensland Secretary of United Voice Gary Bullock says “We told the Premier he would see
emergency service workers in the streets if the community is put at risk and that’s exactly what is
happening today.”
“Our members are genuinely fearful they will not be able to do their job to the best of their ability
because this government wants to scale back their resources and conditions.”
“The last thing firies and ambos want to do is protest in the streets or strike but we have been left
with no choice and may be forced into industrial action if these issues are not addressed.”
“We will be sending a clear message to Minister Dempsey today, he cannot ignore us forever and we
guarantee him we will not go away.”
For further information contact Susan Butler on 0428189130
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