Bulletin No: 124 Volume: 22 Thursday 7 July 2016
To: ALL UFU MFB CORP & TECH MEMBERS
UPDATE ON MFB CORP AND TECH BARGAINING
MASS MEMBERSHIP MEETING THURSDAY 14 JULY
As you are aware the MFB and UFU have been bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement for MFB Corp and Tech members since November 2015.
Following some six months of protracted bargaining, where the MFB continued to be obstructive and refusing to provide basic information, the UFU lodged a bargaining dispute with the Fair Work Commission.
In conferences before Fair Work, the MFB was required to clearly provide the UFU with their consolidated position.
Finally after nine months of bargaining, last week the MFB provided an updated log of claims.
Members are reminded that despite some nine months of bargaining this is the first time the MFB have in fact altered their position from their original log tabled at the commencement of bargaining.
The MFB have decided to advertise this offer to members via correspondence from the CEO however they fail to mention that this offer wilfully dismisses 90% of claims presented by the UFU.
The MFB have continually ignored your request for a 9 day fortnight. This new offer will still NOT provide one.
Further in return for your 3.25% increases the MFB require you to agree to a new performance management clause and new misconduct clause on top of existing provisions in relation to these matters.
The MFB have also proposed an altered pay point progression clause where the onus will now fall on you to ensure your own pay-point progression.
The MFB offer is also contingent on members agreeing to a four year agreement which prevents you renegotiating fair pay increases and conditions until after the next Victorian State election.
The UFU welcomes some movement on the MFB’s part and we will be responding to their offer as your bargaining representative with a counter offer shortly.
In the meantime in order to ensure that members are fully appraised of the current positions, the UFU will be holding a mass membership meeting for all Corp and Tech members as follows:
Thursday 14 July
Burnley, Mess Room B
It is vital all members attend this meeting as not only will you have the opportunity to avail yourself of the current situation members will be invited to consider the ongoing campaign including potential escalation of industrial action.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary