To help operational members express their concerns directly to Senators regarding the Coalitions changes to the Fair Work Act the UFU has set up an online portal.
IMPORTANT: MEMBERS ASKED TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS TO SENATORS ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FAIR WORK ACT AS A MATTER OF URGENCY
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s repeated failure yesterday to justify federal intervention in the CFA confirms she is playing politics rather than acting in the public interest. Under questioning on Sky TV yesterday Minister Cash was repeatedly unable to point to any clauses in the firefighters enterprise agreement to justifying her claims of a ‘UFU takeover’. The Minister was unable to explain even the most basic points in relation to the agreement.
SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING TOMORROW – EVENING MEETING POSTPONED UNTIL WEDNESDAY (MORNING MEETING STILL OCCURRING)
Members are reminded that there will be a Special General Members Meeting 9:30am tomorrow morning to give members a full report on the implications of the CFA’s undertaking to the VFBV. The Secretary at short notice is required to attend interstate in relation to these matters and as a result the night meeting will have to be postponed until Wednesday the 24th of August. The Branch Committee of Management apologises for any inconvenience this has caused. The morning meeting will not be affected.
Michaela Cash and Malcolm Turnbull are today unveiling legislative amendments to the Fair Work Act which will attempt to neutralise the proposed CFA EBA. The “Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers Bill” will be revealed at a press conference at a press conference at Coldstream Fire Station today.
The United Firefighters Union in Victoria today calls on Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash to stop inciting division between career and volunteer firefighters. “If the federal government wants to do something useful it would step in and support the thousands of firefighters and volunteers exposed to dangerous chemicals through CFA mismanagement,” said Peter Marshall, UFU secretary.
The Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria’s (VFBV) latest court action relating to the enterprise agreement once again demonstrates that they are more interested in playing politics than in protecting firefighters and protecting Victorians. Instead of focusing on what really matters the VFBV has chosen to continue wasting taxpayer dollars waging a political war against the Andrews Government on behalf of the Liberal Party.
UFU BULLETIN #148 SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY – VFBV GIVEN CFA UNDERTAKING DELAYING EBA VOTE
Members are advised that the VFBV have been given an undertaking by the CFA which will delay members from voting on the Proposed CFA Operational Staffing Agreement at a hearing in the Supreme Court today. A members meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday the 23rd of August to fully brief members on the ramifications of this development.
Today members from the CFA and MFB met on the steps of Parliament to launch the ‘Justice for Fiskville’ campaign. The campaign will advocate for firefighters exposed to toxic contamination at the Fiskville CFA training facility. It has been established in response to concern that victims of Fiskville are not being properly identified and tested. The UFU is asking the Andrews Government to take carriage of blood testing and calls on those responsible to be held accountable.
Firefighters from the CFA and MFB will meet on the steps of Parliament today to launch the ‘Justice for Fiskville’ campaign. The campaign will advocate for firefighters exposed to toxic contamination at the Fiskville CFA training facility, west of Melbourne. Justice for Fiskville has been established in response to community concern that victims of Fiskville are not being properly identified and tested. The campaign asks the Andrews Government to take carriage of blood testing and calls on those responsible to be held accountable.
Members are reminded that the UFU has developed an electronic survey in order to map the extent of the concerns of members in relation to PFC Blood testing practices. The UFU is concerned with inconsistencies in the process undertaken by both the MFB and CFA in PFC Blood testing as well as the information that is being disseminated along with results.