A number of members have, this morning, brought an urgent health and safety matter to the UFU’s attention regarding being placed in a position of danger at Yallourn/Hazelwood.
The Unions are pleased that this long and hard fought EBA negotiation appears to be coming to its final stages.
The CFA applied to the Fair Work Commission for bargaining orders against the UFU for allegedly not bargaining in good faith.
Members are advised that negotiations with MFB and CFA regarding safety issues at Yallourn have been resolved. Improved procedures and systems are in place.
Further to bulletins 35 and 36, the UFU can report that a new proposal in relation to concerns regarding fatigue and the ongoing deployment of MFB firefighters at Hazelwood has been agreed to.
Members are informed that the UFU has been in constant contact with the MFB, CFA and the State Fire Services Commissioner regarding the ongoing activities at Yallourn- Hazelwood mine fire ground.
The UFU has filed an appeal against the Federal Court decision which found the minimum staffing clauses in the CFA UFU Operational Staff Agreement 2010 were invalid and unenforceable due to constitutional reasons.
Members are advised that the ballot for protected industrial action has been approved with 98% of those that voted approving the action.
The UFU understands that the CFA is intending to use NSW firefighters and appliances in CFA stations to backfill trucks and crews that have been deployed to fire-grounds such as the Yallourn-Hazelwood mine fire.