Boating and Fisheries put ban on infringement notices
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) are refusing to issue infringement notices and complete boat patrols for the next two weeks as part of ongoing industrial action in the escalating industrial dispute.
The government are not offering these workers a pay rise in bargaining but also they are refusing to fairly compensate them for working on weekends and public holidays.
Together Union Secretary Alex Scott said “Members at Boating and Fisheries are dedicated to keeping our waterways safe and protecting our fisheries resources for the future.
"The department needs to recognise the critical work that these officers do patrolling our waterways on the weekends and public holidays. The government want a patrol out every day but they don’t want to pay for it. Workers who are giving up their time on our weekends for the benefit of the community should have super paid on those weekends as part of the aggregated salary allowance. Why does the government want to pay a worse deal on super for weekend shifts compared to during the week? It just doesn’t make sense."
The union said Queensland Boating and Fisheries officers are fed up with feeling undervalued and will be asking the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries to intervene.
Members at Boating and Fisheries are also banning marine animal releases as part of the protected industrial action.