The Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) welcomes reports that the United Firefighters Union—Aviation Branch (UFUA) has approved a proposed enterprise agreement that properly recognises the challenging role aviation firefighters play in protecting travelers and staff at Australia’s airports.

AFPA President Alex Caruana said that the UFUA were to be commended for their body of work on behalf of their membership, which has forced their employer, Air Services Australia, as well as the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), to concede that the Government’s restrictive bargaining policies have severely disadvantaged federal first responders for years.

“Obviously, exemptions were made by the APSC and Federal Government after representations were made by the employer, Air Services Australia, to allow for the additional allowances and an improved sign-on bonus and workplace conditions.

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