Bulletin No: 246 Volume: 20 10 November 2014
To ALL UFU CFA MEMBERS
CFA RESTRUCTURE UPDATE
CFA MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS WALK OUT OF ‘CONSULTATION’ MEETING
The UFU have been attempting to discuss CFA’s proposal to restructure the organisation however CFA have clearly indicated that they are not prepared to put any effort into discussing their proposals with their employees or their representatives.
The UFU met with the CFA on Thursday to discuss CFA’s proposal for restructuring the OT&V department. This proposal was put forward by the CFA on 6 October, discussed for only 30 minutes due to CFA managers lack of time at EBIC and, following a request from the UFU to further discuss the proposal, was scheduled for a meeting yesterday, one day before the ‘consultation period’ was to finish. Present at the meeting from the CFA were Lex De Man (OT&V), James Stitz (OT&V), Jason Skiba (Employee Relations) and Craig Martin (Employee Relations).
The CFA also altered their proposal on 27 October but have to date refused to extend any ‘consultation’ period to allow the UFU to genuinely discuss this matter with their members or with the CFA.
The UFU have sought to obtain answers from the CFA about the detail behind the CFA’s proposal, where the workload is proposed to go, the reasoning for why positions were the level and the numbers the CFA have proposed, and multiple other queries however CFA management failed to provide any substantial detail or information.
As operational members would be aware, the Chief Officer Euan Ferguson committed in June 2011 that there would be 1 Senior Instructor per region and an agreement in relation to progression. The UFU consistently sought for the CFA comply with this agreement however, despite the proposed restructure affecting instructors, the CFA stated that these positions are not in the CFA’s proposal. When asked why, Executive Director Lex De Man refused to answer and Jason Skiba from Employee Relations said he would answer on behalf of CFA and would only answer that this is what best meets CFA’s needs and CFA will decide what to do.
Then after an hour and a half CFA announced that they would be ending the meeting and walked out while the UFU and members were still asking questions.
The UFU is appalled at the attitude shown by the CFA and the treatment the CFA have given to their employees. CFA are clearly not considering the effect that their actions are having on members.
Members with individual concerns regarding the CFA’s planned restructure should contact the UFU Office on 03 9419 8811.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary