Hundreds of Ambulance Officers and Firefighters are marching through the streets of Brisbane this afternoon in opposition to the Governments ‘disastrous’ enterprise bargaining offer.
In an unprecedented move, both arms of the emergency service have joined forces to resist an unwarranted attack by the Newman Government.
Queensland Secretary of United Voice, the ambulance officers union Gary Bullock says “as emergency service workers the last thing our members want is to be put in a situation where they have to take to the streets just to make sure their rights are protected.”
“However that’s the position this Government has put us in, they’ve backed us into a corner with their unreasonable bargaining demands.”
“They are demanding that fire-fighters and ambulance officers accept reduced working conditions and abolish all existing consultative provisions from enterprise agreements.”
“Everyone knows emergency service workers provide an invaluable service to the public so we could not take this lying down.”
“We can’t stand by and watch the Government attempt to destroy our emergency service because we know it would be Queenslanders who would suffer.””
“We warned Campbell Newman that he would see emergency service workers on the streets if he refused to address our concerns and that’s exactly what’s happening this afternoon.”
“Unless the Government guarantees ongoing consultation arrangements, and that cost cutting will not impact community or officer safety, they may get ready to see a lot more actions like today.”
“Firefighters and Ambulance Officers are extremely angry and will not stand by and watch as this Government downgrades our emergency services.”
“We know the people of Queensland trust us and support our campaign but today we are asking them to stand with us.”
March starts at 12pm from the Wheel of Brisbane, South Brisbane going to Parliament House