Bulletin No: 227 Volume: 20 Tuesday 7 October 2014
TO ALL UFU CFA MEMBERS
CFA UNDERMINING OO AND OM CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT THROUGH SHEER ARROGANCE AND ATTEMPTED DESTRUCTION OF AGREED CLAUSES:
GRIEVANCE LODGED RE OPERATIONS MANAGER (REGIONAL COMMANDER)
The UFU is aware that the CFA have advertised for four positions titled Operations Manager (Regionally Allocated) and have proposed to significantly change the Operations Manager (Regional Commander) position description, duties and allowance.
The UFU and employee representatives from the OO/OM Consultative Committee met with Scott Purdy, Gavin Thompson and Jason Skiba from the CFA on 19 September regarding this proposal and asked a number of questions that CFA could not answer. CFA undertook to respond to these questions and the UFU requested a further briefing and meeting with CFA and OOs and OMs.
The CFA appear to have since reconsidered their initial proposal to consult regarding this matter and have instead sought to bring their attempt to reduce your terms and conditions under the heading of Re AEU, rather than through bargaining or even addressing the questions raised.
The UFU have today lodged a grievance regarding the apparent decision to significantly change workload and duties agreed to under the Agreement and introduce those significant changes without any allowance or agreed position description.
The UFU believe that the CFA have clearly signalled the start of an attempt to downgrade OO and OM positions and promotional opportunities. Not only are they attempting to introduce performance based pay rises for OO and OMs in the next EB, they are seeking to reduce and restrict the ability for OOs and OMs to perform roles agreed to in this EB, and pile more work onto the existing employees.
This is at a time where the CFA are refusing to meet and participate in bargaining for a new enterprise agreement.
The impact of this CFA undermining is significant on members terms and conditions. Not only are the CFA attempting to undermine the agreement they made to supply Operations Manager Regional Commanders with administrative support and an agreed position description, they are removing the 15% allowance payable in recognition of the duties, skills and experience required of an Operations Manager Regional Commander, including the role of Agency Commander.
This means for an OO or OM who may seek to undertake one of these new roles they would lose approximately $21,210.25 per year, being the allowance 15% of OM4. This clearly shows that not only is CFA asking members to doing increased work, but they are conducting their emergency service to suit their budget, not asking for an appropriate budget for the emergency service.
If this is accepted, what is the next duty the CFA will ask you to do for no recognition?
The UFU will keep members informed of the progress of the grievance.
Should members have any queries, please contact your UFU delegate or Michelle Baldini at the UFU office on 9419 8811.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary