BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          235                    Volume:  21                        Monday 30 November 2015

To ALL MEMBERS

FURTHER UPDATE ON THE GOVERNMENT’S DIRTY TRICKS

 AND ATTEMPTS TO

DIVIDE UFU MEMBERS TODAY

Further to our Bulletin this afternoon, the UFU is now aware of the memo that was circulated to CFA employees this afternoon while the CFA and the UFU were at the Fair Work Commission.

The email circulated by the CFA today implies that if Option 1 was not accepted it would result in the matter being arbitrated through Option 2.

Be under no illusion!

This is no more than an implied threat and a scare tactic to try and force you to accept an inferior deal that is less than what you are worth.

Arbitration can only occur under the following circumstances:

  1. Where the parties consent to private arbitration;

  1. Where public safety is endangered though protected industrial action.   Please note the current bans have been scrutinised by a UFU sub-committee and the UFU’s legal team to ensure there is no danger to public safety;

  1. Where there is significant economic harm through protected industrial action.  Please note the current bans have been scrutinised by a UFU sub-committee and the UFU’s legal team to ensure there is no significant economic harm;

  1. That there is a breach of good faith bargaining orders and there is a serious breach declaration.

In short, the UFU and its members are obviously having an effect!

We are not going to go away until wage justice is achieved so disregard the threat by your employer and the Andrews Government.

If you read the document closely it is less than CPI and has no enforceable clauses.

The CFA’s email to employees this afternoon is different to the document than was tabled at the Fair Work Commission today.  One of the differences is that the emailed version did not include the condition that the UFU immediately lift all protected industrial action currently occurring and agree not to implement any new bans against the CFA.

Additionally, given the history of the Premier’s Office and the Minister’s Office leaking misinformation to the Herald Sun, we expect they will also do so in relation to this current document.

If you have any concerns or queries please contact your delegate, or contact Peter Marshall on 0419 127 004.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary