BULLETIN

Bulletin Number: 74              Volume: 20            Friday the 28th of March 2014

MFB application to abolish MFB Operational Staff Agreement and ACFO Agreement 2010

Today, Friday the 28th of March, without notice, the MFB applied to the Fair Work Commission to abolish the enterprise agreement that contains the majority of your conditions of employment that you currently enjoy.

The MFB will attempt to confuse you by suggesting that your conditions of employment will be contained in the Firefighting Industry Award 2010 if they are successful in abolishing your enterprise agreement.

You need to be aware that the award that the MFB are referring to is an industrial instrument that contains the minimum conditions of employment that were established many years ago and are the bare minimum that is required by law.

The MFB Award was first established in 1993. Your enterprise agreement has consecutively built upon the bare minimum conditions contained in the 1993 Award and has accumulated into the current employment conditions that you enjoy today.

In short, all of the conditions that you currently have are contained in the enterprise agreement, not the Award[1]. This enables you to provide for your family in a meaningful way and if the enterprise agreement is removed many of the conditions you currently entitled to will not continue to exist.

The following is a list of conditions that are contained in your enterprise agreement but will be removed if the MFB are successful in their application:

PART A –        CONDITIONS APPLYING TO ALL EMPLOYEES        

A1 –        APPLICATION, OPERATION AND STRUCTURE        

1.        TITLE        

2.        ARRANGEMENT        

3.        OBJECTIVES        

4.        DATE AND PERIOD OF OPERATION        

5.        RENEGOTIATION        

6.        APPLICATION OF AGREEMENT AND PARTIES BOUND

7.        STRUCTURE AND APPLICATION OF AGREEMENT        

8.        RELATIONSHIP TO PARENT AWARD AND CERTIFIED AGREEMENTS        

9.        OBLIGATIONS        

10.        DEFINITIONS        

11.        VARIATION OF AGREEMENT        

12.        FLEXIBILITY CLAUSE        

A2 –        CONSULTATION, CHANGE AND EXTRA CLAIMS        

13.        CONSULTATIVE PROCESS        

14.        Operation of Consultative Committees        

15.        Introduction of change        

16.        CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT        

17.        TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE        

18.        CONDITIONS FOR EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATING IN CONSULTATION ETC        

19.        DISPUTE RESOLUTION        

20.        Consultation Officer & disputes regarding consultation and change        

21.        FAIRER VICTORIA REGIONS        

22.        BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION REPORT

23.        NO EXTRA CLAIMS        

A3 –        EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP

24.        WORK ORGANISATION        

25.        ALTERNATE DUTIES        

26.        COUNSELLING AND DISCPLINE        

27.        TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT        

28.        EMPLOYEE ACTIVITIES        

29.        EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATION        

30.        MFESB POLICIES        

31.        TRANSMISSION OF BUSINESS

A4 –        STAFFING LEVELS, ACTIVITIES AND ROSTERS        

32.        MAINTENANCE OF CLASSIFICATIONS

33.        SAFE STAFFING LEVELS        

34.        FIREFIGHTER   SAFETY,    EDUCATION  AND  INJURY  PREVENTION        

35.        SPECIAL OPS DEPLOYMENT        

36.        CREWING APPLIANCES AND STATIONS        

37.        ROSTERING        

38.        OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY        

39.        REST PERIOD AFTER OVERTIME        

A5 –        WAGES, ALLOWANCES AND REMUNERATION        

40.        WAGE INCREASES        

41.        SALARY PACKAGING        

42.        ALLOWANCES        

43.        SUPERANNUATION        

44.        HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES        

45.        DISABILITY INSURANCE COVER        

46.        EMPLOYEE HEALTH        

47.        REGISTRY OF ATTENDED CALLS AND EXPOSURE        

48.        PAYMENT OF OVERTIME        

49.        JOURNEY ACCIDENT COVER        

50.        TRAINEESHIPS        

A6 –        TYPES OF LEAVE        

51.        PERSONAL LEAVE        

52.        IMMEDIATE FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD        

53.        SICK LEAVE        

54.        CARER’S LEAVE        

55.        ACCIDENT PAY        

56.        SPECIAL SICK LEAVE – ARMED FORCES/COMPULSORY HOSPITALISATION        

57.        BEREAVEMENT LEAVE        

58.        RECREATION LEAVE        

59.        LONG SERVICE LEAVE        

60.        WORKING & SICK LEAVE WHILE ON OTHER LEAVE        

61.        INDUSTRIAL TRAINING LEAVE        

62.        STUDY LEAVE        

63.        DEFENCE FORCE LEAVE        

64.        JURY SERVICE        

65.        LEAVE WITHOUT PAY        

66.        PRESSING NECESSITY LEAVE        

67.        PARENTAL LEAVE        

PART B –        CONDITIONS APPLYING TO FIREFIGHTERS, STATION OFFICERS, SENIOR STATION OFFICERS AND COMMANDERS        

68.        APPLICATION OF PART B        

B1 –        CLASSIFICATIONS, CAREER PATHS AND OPPORTUNITIES        

69.        CLASSIFICATIONS        

70.        CAREER PATHS AND OPPORTUNITIES        

71.        COMMANDERS        

72.        STREAMING        

73.        MLOs        

74.        MAINTENANCE OF CLASSIFICATIONS        

B2 –        ROSTERS, STAFFING AND WORK ACTIVITIES        

75.        HOURS OF WORK        

76.        ROSTER OF HOURS        

77.        10/14 ROSTER SYSTEM        

78.        10/14 Shifts        

79.        MEAL BREAKS        

80.        OVERTIME, RECALL AND RENTENTION

81.        ROSTERING PENALTIES        

82.        ROSTERING ARRANGEMENTS AND PROCEDURES        

83.        REST AND RECLINE        

84.        SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES        

85.        EMERGENCY RESPONSE OUTSIDE METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT        

86.        ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT        

87.        EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE (EMR) 

88.        UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT        

89.        EMAIL ACCESS        

90.        AMENITIES        

91.        OPERATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP        

92.        TRAINING        

93.        COMMUNITY SAFETY        

94.        SPECIALIST COURSES        

95.        SKILLS MAINTENANCE FOR DAY WORKERS        

B3 –        WAGES, ALLOWANCES AND OTHER REMUNERATION

96.        WAGES        

97.        ALLOWANCES        

98.        HIGHER DUTIES        

99.        LONG HOURS ASSISTANCE        

PART C –        CONDITIONS APPLYING TO FSCC’S        

100.        APPLICATION OF PART C        

101.        DEFINITIONS        

102.        CLASSIFICATIONS        

103.        WAGE RATES        

104.        FSCC COORDINATION ALLOWANCE        

105.        ORDINARY HOURS OF WORK        

106.        ROSTER OF HOURS        

107.        BREAKS        

108.        OVERTIME, RECALL AND RETENTION        

109.        ROSTERING ARRANGEMENTS AND PROCEDURES

110.        REST AND RECLINE        

111.        RECREATION LEAVE        

112.        CAREER PATHS AND OPPORTUNITIES

113.        WORK LOCATION AND DUTIES FOR FIRE SERVICE COMMUNICATION CONTROLLERS        

114.        HIGHER DUTIES        

115.        AMENITIES        

116.        MAINTENANCE OF CLASSIFICATIONS        

Background

The MFB have sought to remove your current conditions of employment via enterprise bargaining which commenced in 2013.  They wanted to remove minimum staffing and other provisions that provide you with protection.

The MFB have been unable to remove your conditions through this process as the only way they can achieve this is if you agree for them to be removed.

Hence, the MFB have now sought to engage in a legal manoeuvre that wipes out all of your conditions, if successful leaving you with only the bare minimum award.

Current situation

The current situation despite the MFB’s application is that your conditions contained in the enterprise agreement remain until it is determined otherwise by a Court of the Fair Work Commission.

The matter has not been set down for any hearing or directions as yet.

The UFU will vigorously defend your conditions and have instructed legal counsel in this matter.

You should be extremely disappointed in the duplicitous, disingenuous and disrespectful attack on your conditions of employment. The Branch Committee of Management has convened today and a special members meeting will be scheduled in the near future we urge members to attend.

It is also worth noting that this latest attack comes on top of the MFB hiding their consultancy report which highlighted the dangers to members at the Morwell/Hazelwood fire combined with the false assertion by the MFB that the water the firefighters were using was safe.

The UFU will keep members informed of any developments.

Yours sincerely

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Peter Marshall

Secretary


[1] The MFB are separately running an argument in the Fair Work Commission  to have employees covered by an inferior Award rather than the Victorian Firefighting Industry Employees Interim Award – the UFU will provide further information regarding this matter in a future update.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary