Bulletin No:          066                    Volume:  21                Tuesday 7 April 2015

To OPS STAFF MEMBERS

UFU TO ESCALATE OPERATIONAL STAFF ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT RENEWAL PROCESS

Members are informed that the UFU Branch Committee of Management has expressed its concern in correspondence to the Premier regarding the period of time since MFB and CFA Operational Staff members have had wage increases. (available here)

Members are congratulated for their efforts over the fire season in protecting the community, however the fire season has now finished and in accordance with the value in which the new Government places firefighters, it is timely that we escalate the expedited process for the settlement of new enterprise agreements.

Of particular concern to the Branch Committee of Management is the effect of recent CPI increases and the subsequent effect of erosion on the value of the current wages contained within the agreements as a result of the employers delay in renegotiating new agreements.

Additionally as reported the UFU had previously commissioned research from independent learning institutions regarding productivity increases and work value changes that highlight the justification for increased wages for persons covered by the operational staff enterprise agreements in both the MFB and CFA.

A delegates teleconference will be convened in the near future to discuss the need to expedite the forthcoming enterprise agreement renewal processes. Members are advised that special general meetings are also foreshadowed as part of this process and a bulletin highlighting the date will be disseminated after the telephone conference with delegates.

One of the UFU’s concerns is that it appears that some of the decision makers and negotiators that the UFU have dealt with under the previous Napthine Government still have the same attitude and regressive approach to firefighters. In fact one of the main instigators of the attempt to terminate MFB agreements recently described himself in an open forum as one of the only leaders in the MFB.

If being a leader means alienating 99% of your workforce then perhaps the thinking of that individual and group may be a little out of touch.

UFU media and community engagement committee meetings will be scheduled in the UFU campaign room next week (date to be finalised) as part of the planning process.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary