Bulletin No: 142 Volume: 22 Friday 5 August 2016
To: All CFA & MFB Members
AFAC CEO SITS ON PANEL FOR VEOHRC REVIEW YET THEY CLAIM INDEPENDENCE?
DON’T FORGET TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL AND CREDIBLE REVIEW
The UFU reiterates to members concerns already raised about the VEOHRC Review into bullying and discrimination in the Fire Services.
As members would be aware, the UFU has consistently raised serious questions as to the independence and credibility of the review given the inherent conflicts of VEORHC in undertaking the review along with other issues. As such, the UFU has advised members that it is not in your interests to participate in the review.
The UFU has also become aware that one panel member on the review is in fact the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC), Stuart Ellis.
AFAC is the industrial representative body of employer fire services in Australia including the CFA and MFB and is therefore not independent.
This once again highlights the serious problems this review has in terms of it credibility and potential perception of bias if not actual bias.
The UFU has notified members that it is not in your interests to participate in the VEOHRC review.
Members are however reminded that the UFU has commissioned an independent University to conduct its own inquiry into these matters.
Member are reminded to participate in the independent Newcastle University review commissioned by the UFU to ensure all members have an opportunity to participate and provide their experiences regarding bullying, harassment and discrimination.
CFA and MFB members would have received their personal unique identifier by text message or email on Monday night.
That unique identifier acts as a password to access the independent survey to ensure each member can only complete the survey once. This process also protects members’ confidentiality and ensures the survey is conducted on an independent and credible basis.
Each CFA and MFB member is respectfully asked to participate in the Review that can be accessed via http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/survey/ and using your unique personal identifier.
The UFU commissioned independent Review has been developed by the University of Newcastle to ensure its independence, credibility and validity.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary