Bulletin No: 028 Volume: 21 Friday 20 February 2015
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
MFB AND CFA OPERATIONAL STAFF BARGAINING UPDATE
MFB AND CFA REPRESENTATIVES UP TO SAME OLD TRICKS
The UFU has recently sought to recommence negotiations with the CFA and MFB towards replacements to the current operational staff enterprise agreements. The UFU has also tabled on a without prejudice basis with both the MFB and CFA revised logs of claim, particularly given significant clarifications of legal matters arising from the recent full federal court decision regarding CFA recruits and minimum staffing. This revised claim was discussed at the recent delegates meeting and will be subject to information sessions with the members in the near future.
The UFU has sought that both agencies devote themselves to meeting twice a week (4 days per week in total) with the UFU so as to progress the negotiations to completion as soon as possible.
The parties have all subsequently met and the UFU has provided explanations to both employers as to the UFU claims.
However both the MFB and CFA have stated that they are unable to respond to the UFU positions and that they are also unclear on what their own positions are. This is despite both the MFB and CFA, in December 2014 stating that they were seeking to clarify their bargaining positions.
Meanwhile, MFB and CFA management have continued to provide inaccurate and misleading information to employees. For example, the MFB has been portraying to employees that on first read through the UFU’s revised proposal suggests there remain significant differences in our views, and that the MFB will continue to meet with the UFU and bargaining representatives twice a week to constructively work towards narrowing the gap between the parties’ positions.
However, the reality as described above, is that the MFB does not even have a position so the reference to ‘significant differences in our views’ and ‘meeting to narrow the gap’ is misleading or alternatively the MFB are not bargaining in good faith with the UFU.
At yesterday’s bargaining meeting with the MFB, the MFB representatives Paul Stacchino, Sean Hogan, John Jugum and Mark Dalrymple were asked to clarify what the differences in views were and what the MFB position was on each of the UFU claims to which the MFB had a different view.
The MFB representatives were simply unable to. At first, the representatives listed a small number of clauses from the UFU claim, but on further questioning it became evident that the MFB had no counter position on any such claim.
The UFU has sought straightforward clarification from the CFA and MFB to promptly explain exactly when they will have a position and be able to bargain. In the interim the UFU is considering its options and will provide further information to members as it arises.
It is also our view that there is a deliberate strategy of delay being employed of which, if true, is unacceptable.
If you require any further information please contact Casey Lee or Michelle Baldini at the UFU office.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary