(Andrews’ Government Bad Faith re MFB Agreement: Campaign Bulletin no. 3)
Bulletin No: 019 Volume: 24 Thursday 8 February 2018
To: All UFU MEMBERS
URGENT NOTICE TO ALL UFU MEMBERS:
FURTHER MFB ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT UPDATE
NO VOTE CAMPAIGN AND VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE MFB BOARD
For over a decade MFB Boards, Chief Executive Officers’ and Chief Fire Officers, along with the Executive Leadership Team, have engaged in an extremely aggressive campaign to remove the conditions of employment of its employees. There is no doubt that this has consisted of using public money to force extensive litigation to remove the current entitlements that gives members security of employment and certainty in the workplace.
Additional to the aggressive legal strategies which included advice from a union busting law firm there was a concentrated and orchestrated media campaign by MFB agents to lower the standing of MFB professional firefighters in the public arena.
One would have hoped that with the injection of new personnel into the MFB Board and a change of senior positions within the MFB that the agenda to destroy certainty in the workplace by removing conditions of employment and lower the standing of firefighters would have ceased to exist.
It is clear that the latest exercise by the MFB Board with the permission of the Andrews’ State government and Minister for Emergency Services that the regressive agenda is not only continuing but reinvigorated with the introduction of new personnel.
This is evident by the re-engagement of the lawyer that the MFB used to seek to terminate all your conditions of employment and, having lost that, continued providing advice and strategy to achieve what they were unable to achieve through the termination case via bargaining.
The latest vehicle being used by the MFB Board and the State Government for this regressive agenda is the non-agreed, deceptive and misleading explanatory memorandum that the MFB and Sate government has introduced by stealth at the last moment.
The UFU staff have diligently perused the MFB’s log of claims and other documentation to date and it is telling that the claim that was originally tabled by the MFB in 2013 to give unfettered control to the Chief Fire Officer over wages, conditions, rostering and staffing has now re-emerged in the MFB’s explanatory memorandum.
The union was hopeful that we would be able to move forward so as that the work environment for professional firefighters is one that is absent of continuous attack by the employer however, with the approval of the Andrews’ government it appears the Board are reinvigorated to continue this attack. This brings into questions whether there should be a vote of no confidence in the newly constituted Board and its leadership.
This matter will be on the agenda for members to consider at tomorrows membership meeting.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary