BULLETIN

Bulletin No:         144                                     Volume:  20                        Monday June 30 2014

TO ALL CFA OPERATIONAL MEMBERS

CFA APPLY TO VIEW MFB

TERMINATION CASE FILE

As a clear signal of the CFA’s potential to make the same application as the MFB if the MFB is successful in wiping out every agreed condition that was achieved through bargaining – the CFA have officially requested the Fair Work Commission view the MFB termination case file.

There has been a view expressed that the termination application by the MFB is one that only potentially affects MFB operational employees.

We respectfully remind CFA Operational employees that the CFA have also demonstrated their willingness to embark upon a litigious strategy to renege and not honour agreed outcomes achieved through lengthy negotiations.

The CFA have formally made the request is made on the basis that:

        “The application is an application made under s.225 and that in the ordinary         course the proceedings in the application would be heard in public. In this         respect we note that the MFB issued a media statement on Friday referring to         the fact of making of the applications.

        CFA is a state government agency with parallel functions to those of MFB and         it has enterprise arrangements which are similar in a number of respects to         those of the MFB. Accordingly, CFA and Clayton Utz as its lawyers wish to be         apprised of the grounds upon which the MFB applications are made.”

Clearly the CFA’s interest in the MFB’s termination applications case file is one that we should be very mindful of in the context of the CFA’s track record under the Napthine Government to date.

We provide the following for your information.

The MFB are proposing to remove every enterprise bargaining outcome and reduce firefighters to senior station officers back to an industry award which has bare minimum conditions of employment.

In relation to commanders and assistant chief fire officers there is no award and therefore potentially reduced to the national minimum wage and employment standards.

If there are any queries in relation to this matter, please contact the UFU office on 0419127004

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary