Members are advised that the parties have agreed on the implementation of Emergency Medical Response in the CFA in accordance with clause 88.9 of the CFA/UFU Operational Staff Enterprise Agreement 2010.
The Final Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville will be tabled in Parliament tomorrow at 12:00. This is a vitally important document given the serious health and safety implications of contamination at Fiskville and the duty of care of the CFA to provide a safe workplace.
On June 26 last year the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fiskville handed down its interim report with a recommendation that firefighters be given blood tests for PFC’s including PFOS & PFOA. A few weeks ago MFB FINALLY agreed to offer this to their employees after much persistence by the UFU. CFA has offered this testing to their staff, they just forgot to advertise the fact. Whist the UFU encourages all members to have this testing we are concerned about the information that is being circulated by both services about the ‘safe’ levels and ‘normal’ background levels that is being offered.
The Union office has recieved a number of queries following the members meeting . In particular members requested the information that was provided on the night. As such the following information has been reproduced.
There will be an information session for SO, SSO , Commander, OO, OM and ACFO ranks held regarding relevant clauses in the EBA.
CFA have allegedly put out an EBA update.
CFA Volunteer Rally against MFB & CFA
Bulletin No: 095 Volume: 22 Friday 22 April 2016
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
MFB AND CFA UFU MEMBERS STAND
STRONG AND UNITED TO
PROTECT THE AWARD
The Firefighting Industry Award 2010 is currently before the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission as part of a four-yearly review.
The MFB and CFA have applied to introduce part time provisions which would attack the 10/14 roster and undermine firefighter safety, minimum crewing, the protection of the Victorian community and the security of employment for firefighters
Whilst the Award does not currently apply to MFB and CFA firefighters as the Operational Staff 2010 Agreements apply, MFB members will be very aware of the importance of the safety net of an Award as a result of their experience of the MFB’s unsuccessful attempt to terminate the Operational Staff Agreement in 2014.
The UFU is fortunate and honoured to have members that willingly and professionally step up to protect terms and conditions of employment not only for current firefighters but for future generations.
Over the past few years unfortunately we have had to call on members to assist with litigation and provide evidence many times. It is due to their commitment and vast knowledge that we have succeeded and can proudly say that we have maintained terms and conditions that were hard fought for and have been protected with just as much vigour and dedication.
We would like to thank the following who have provided evidence and have appeared, or are yet to appear, before the Full Bench on the Award Review matter:
- Cory Woodyatt
- Ken Brown
- Daniel Gatt
- Alan Quinton
- Bradley Quinn
- Patrick Geary
- Malcolm Hayes
- Archie Conroy
- Glen Veal
- John Radford
- Tony Martin
- Michael Lia
- Barry Thomas
It is important to note that this case has witnesses from both the CFA and MFB standing strong together and supporting each other in the battle to protect the necessary safety net of the Award.
A further bulletin listing the MFB and CFA witnesses in the Award case will be disseminated at a later date. Members will not be surprised to see some of the names who have appeared in previous cases attacking your terms and conditions of employment including the MFB’s unsuccessful attempt to terminate the Operational and ACFO staff agreements.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary