As members would be aware the fight continues for the 55 Carlton United Breweries workers who were sacked and reoffered their jobs with a 65% reduction in pay earlier this year. There has been weeks of growing industrial and boycott action. In the past month, 10,000 people have rallied in the streets, more pubs have turned off their CUB taps and the campaign is growing stronger. The Footy finals are CUB's busiest season and Trades Hall is organising supporters to tell as many people as possible not to drink any CUB products this Grand Final weekend. This Thursday is the last chance to get that message across.
CFA INTEGRATED STATION CAREER AND VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS PROFESSIONALISM AND INTEGRITY MAKES IMPACT ON SENATE INQUIRY
The United Firefighters Union is extremely proud of the career and volunteer firefighters from 16 integrated stations who have provided factual and highly credible evidence to the Senate Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment Bill (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016. On Monday 22 career and volunteer firefighters from 14 of those integrated stations appeared before the Senate Education and Employment Committee in Macedon to explain the need for the safe systems of work provisions and other terms and conditions in the proposed CFA UFU Operational Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016. Their unwavering professional manner and being able to provide the practical context to demonstrate the Bill was not needed and should be voted down was in stark contrast to behaviour, hysteria and lack of evidence for those advocating for the Bill.
t is with great sadness that we advise members of the passing of CFA Fire Officer Graeme Kellett. Graeme made an enormous contribution to the Fire Service and the Union over the course of his 32 year career with the CFA. He will be remembered for his empathy and kindness towards others as well as his commitment and advocacy in defence of individual members as a BCOM representative.
Further to the last membership meeting, on 22 July the UFU provided the MFB with an updated position in relation to Corporate and Technical bargaining. This updated position was put to the MFB in a genuine effort to resolve outstanding matters and including significant compromise on behalf of the UFU.
Further to Bulletin 154, the UFU has today notified the MFB of further protected industrial action as part of your ongoing campaign for a fair EBA.
Yesterday the UFU appeared before the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fire Season Preparedness and presented evidence consisting of the CFA’s own Data which highlights the need for the additional firefighters in the proposed EBA. The Data the UFU has obtained is for 43 volunteer brigades for the period January 1st 2015 – January 1st 2016. It shows many Volunteer Brigades are not meeting CFA Service Delivery Standards particularly when it comes to incidents in the Medium Urban Hazard Class.
New data released today shows the failure of the previous Victorian Liberal Government to implement the findings of the 2009 Bushfire Royal Commission.
Members are reminded that the expressions of interest for the RPRP Field Trial Evaluations are closing this Thursday 1 September 2016.
IMPORTANT: MEMBERS ASKED TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS TO SENATORS ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FAIR WORK ACT AS A MATTER OF URGENCY
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.
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.