BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          007                           Volume:  22                                   Tuesday 19 January 2016

To ALL UFU MFB OPERATIONAL MEMBERS

MFB OPERATIONAL STAFF FURTHER PROTECTED INDUSTRIAL ACTION NOTIFIED

Further protected industrial action has been notified to the MFB in relation to Operational Staff enterprise agreement negotiations. The protected industrial action will commence at the specified times below.

The period of protected industrial action is specified below and action is only protected at the specified times below. It is important that members are aware of the applicable time periods.

Further important note:

THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION SET OUT BELOW IS PROTECTED INDUSTRIAL ACTION

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY MEMBER IMPLEMENT OR CONTINUE THE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IF IT WOULD THREATEN TO ENDANGER THE LIFE, PERSONAL SAFETY OR HEALTH, OR THE WELFARE  OF ANY  PART OF THE POPULATION. IF IN DOUBT THE ACTION MUST  BE TERMINATED.

Whilst such circumstances would not arise via the UFU’s protected actions, the note above is important for unintended situations which might arise.

The notified protected industrial action that was notified on 14 January 2016 is as follows:

Notice 1:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 at 8am and continue indefinitely:

4. Only engaging on behalf of the employer in communications with the media for the immediate purpose of informing the public about a matter of public health or safety;

5. A ban on wearing uniform shirts, uniform jumpers or uniform jackets. To avoid doubt, this notified ban does not apply to the wearing of turnout gear, uniform t-shirts or uniform polo shirts;

6. Only attending meetings at which any of the Chief Officer, Deputy Chief Officers, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Managers or Corporate Directors attend if the purpose of the meeting is notified in advance and is about operational incidents, operational de-briefing, training, securing public health or occupational health and safety, or enterprise agreement bargaining;

 

9. A ban on conducting any process relating to employee misconduct or discipline;

11. A ban on assisting in the preparation of ministerial reports;

12. Responding to emails via the employers email system with the caps lock function turned on;

13. A refusal to comply with a direction to transfer between work locations until and unless notified within fourteen (14) days of the proposed transfer;

14. A refusal to commence work at a station other than employee’s rostered station except in responding to fire alarms;

15. A refusal to complete the Daily Shift Change program until 30 minutes after the change of shift or reporting equivalent information required by that program until 30 minutes after the change of shift;

16. Refusing to transport turn-out gear to another station due to a stand-by in either a personal vehicle or an MFB appliance or vehicle;

19. A ban on saluting;

Notice 2:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 between 9.15am to 10.15am and will continue daily at that time:

1.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 60 minutes to communicate and display union badging and industrial campaign material in work locations and to the public and to wear industrial campaign t-shirts, badges and stickers in association with that activity;

2.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 60 minutes for the purpose of making public and media statements in relation to the employer’s bargaining position or employees’ experiences as firefighters employed by the employer;

Notice 3:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 between 7.15pm to 8.15pm and will continue daily at that time:

1.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 60 minutes to communicate and display union badging and industrial campaign material in work locations and to the public and to wear industrial campaign t-shirts, badges and stickers in association with that activity;

2.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 60 minutes for the purpose of making public and media statements in relation to the employer’s bargaining position or employees’ experiences as firefighters employed by the employer;

Notice 4:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 from 8.30am to 8.35am and will continue daily at that time:

1.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 5 minutes to communicate and display union badging and industrial campaign material in work locations and to the public and to wear industrial campaign t-shirts, badges and stickers in association with that activity;

Notice 5:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 from 6.30pm to 6.35pm and will continue daily at that time:

1.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 5 minutes to communicate and display union badging and industrial campaign material in work locations and to the public and to wear industrial campaign t-shirts, badges and stickers in association with that activity;

Notice 6:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 from 9pm to 9.30pm and will continue daily at that time:

1.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 30 minutes to communicate and display union badging and industrial campaign material in work locations and to the public and to wear industrial campaign t-shirts, badges and stickers in association with that activity;

Notice 7:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 from 9.05am to 9.20am and will continue daily at that time:

2.  Stoppages, except responding to fire alarms, for up to 15 minutes for the purpose of making public and media statements in relation to the employer’s bargaining position or employees’ experiences as firefighters employed by the employer;

Notice 8:

The following action is to occur on 20 January 2016 at 8am and continue indefinitely:

8. A ban on creating a record of any employee’s participation in the protected industrial actions the subject of Notices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 herein.

As a reminder – the notified protected industrial action that was notified on 30 October is as follows:

Notice 1:

The following actions are to commence on 6 November 2015 at 8am on an ongoing basis:

3. A ban on complying with a direction to remove union badging or industrial material displayed on, in or around work locations, appliances or UFU members.

7.  Refusing to report or record the code or type of false alarms triggered at protected premises other than reporting via the radio where faults require maintenance;

Notice 3:

The following action is to commence on 6 November 2015 at 8am on an ongoing basis:

8. A ban on creating a record of any employee’s participation in the protected industrial actions the subject of Notices 1, 2 and 3 herein.

Further information or queries regarding the protected industrial action should be directed to your delegates, the UFU office, or the Branch Secretary or Branch President.

Further, should any members feel threatened or uncomfortable due to actions of the employer in relation to Industrial action please contact the UFU immediately.

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary