BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          159                      Volume:  22                                        22 September 2016

To: all UFU Members

CFA INTEGRATED STATION CAREER AND VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

PROFESSIONALISM AND INTEGRITY

MAKES IMPACT ON SENATE INQUIRY

The United Firefighters Union is extremely proud of the career and volunteer firefighters from 16 integrated stations who have provided factual and highly credible evidence to the Senate Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment Bill (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016.

On Monday 22 career and volunteer firefighters from 14 of those integrated stations appeared before the Senate Education and Employment Committee in Macedon to explain the need for the safe systems of work provisions and other terms and conditions in the proposed CFA UFU Operational Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016.

Their unwavering professional manner and being able to provide the practical context to demonstrate the Bill was not needed and should be voted down was in stark contrast to behaviour, hysteria and lack of evidence for those advocating for the Bill.

On behalf of the Branch Committee of Management, and the members of the UFU, we extend our great appreciation and gratitude to those that provided the submissions and those that appeared.  Your evidence was compelling and your professionalism unparalleled.  In these times of extreme provocation you all held your heads high and remained focused on the priority of dispelling the misinformation and propaganda so that the Senators had an opportunity to understand the necessity of safe systems of work.

Senators Jacqui Lambie (Independent), Doug Cameron and Gavin Marshall (ALP), Committee Chair Bridget McKenzie (Nats), Jane Hume and Chris Back (Libs) and Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts heard from four panels of firefighters – two panels of career and volunteer firefighters from integrated stations and two panels of volunteers from primarily rural areas.

The difference between the two panels was stark.

The integrated station firefighters – career and volunteer – appeared in uniform and provided sound factual examples for the points they made.  The firefighters respectfully answered all questions regardless what was asked or by whom. They remained focused on the evidence and the improvements to the protection of the community that the EBA will provide.

The integrated station firefighters did not waver, despite heckling from the rural firefighters in the public seating including one walking out yelling.

The volunteer panels from non-integrated stations and rural brigades were had a very different approach.  They questioned the Senators, spoke over one another, made allegations without providing evidence to back those allegations, and focused on emotion and anti-union sentiment.

All UFU members are encouraged to read the transcript and listen to the audio footage to hear the important evidence from the firefighters from integrated stations.  The transcript of the hearing in Macedon on Monday can be accessed via:  http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_and_Employment/EmergencyServicesBill/Public_Hearings

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary