Members are reminded that a Special General Members Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday the 12th of October to update members on the following matters: The status of Bargaining for the MFB Operational Staffing Agreement. The Turnbull Governments legislation designed to amend the Fair Work Act in order to block the CFA Operational Staffing EBA. The Supreme Court Proceedings in relation to the VFBV’s challenge to the proposed CFA Operational Staffing EBA.
The Australian Senate Committee will report back this morning on the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016. It is expected that there will be two reports tabled tomorrow - the Chair Report for the Government and a Dissenting Report from Labor and the Greens Committee members with Senators from across the political spectrum to speak on their views of the Bill. It is likely that the Bill will be voted on today.
A Special General Members Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday the 12th of October to update members on the following matters: The status of Bargaining for the MFB Operational Staffing Agreement. The Turnbull Governments proposed legislation designed to amend the Fair Work Act in order to block the CFA Operational Staffing EBA. The Supreme Court Proceedings in relation to the VFBV’s challenge to the proposed CFA Operational Staffing EBA.
REMINDER: MEMBERS ASKED TO RESPECTFULLY VOICE THEIR CONCERNS TO SENATORS ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FAIR WORK ACT AS A MATTER OF URGENCY
Members would be aware that the Coalition government is attempting to change the Fair Work Act in order to block the CFA Enterprise Agreement. This will have wide ranging effects, essentially the legislation as proposed will result in ongoing protracted litigation which is designed to make the agreement unworkable. To help operational members respectfully express their concerns directly to Senators regarding the Coalitions changes to the Fair Work Act the UFU has set up an online portal.
Today, representatives of Victoria’s career firefighters and paramedics will give evidence to an Senate Committee hearing looking at the Turnbull Government’s radical and unjustified intervention into the State’s emergency services.
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 Bulletin 154, the UFU has today notified the MFB of further protected industrial action as part of your ongoing campaign for a fair EBA.
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.