Bulletin No: 072 Volume: 22 Friday 18 March 2016
TO ALL MFB UFU MEMBERS:
MFB GIVES UNDERTAKING IN FEDERAL COURT TO NOT SELECT NEW CANDIDATES FOR
JULY RECRUIT COURSE PENDING FURTHER DISCUSSIONS
Today the UFU continued to pursue its application for injunctive relief in the Federal Court in relation to the MFB’s proposals regarding recruit selection.
The UFU was represented by QC Richard Kenzie and Barrister Tom Dixon with Solicitor Tonia Sakkas and UFU Industrial Officers.
Before Justice North today, the MFB’s Counsel gave an undertaking to not select anyone for the Recruit Training Program to commence on 18 July 2016 before the earlier of 21 May 2016 or order of the Court.
In relation to candidates who sat the written selection test on the weekend, the MFB will progress those candidates who achieved a score of 50 or more as per the scale that has been in place to date. Candidates who received a score of 45 or more (but less than 50) will be able to progress through the selection process on a provisional basis as their ultimate selection will be subject to resolution of these matters before the Court. The MFB informed the UFU that there are approximately 10 of these people.
The MFB will also provide the UFU with documentation the UFU requested in order to evaluate the MFB’s new proposal as well as to provide a basis for the UFU to make an informed decision. The MFB had previously, despite numerous requests, not provided these documents to date. The parties will meet to discuss these matters on 20 April 2016.
In order to ensure that candidates who are currently in the selection process and on the order of merit are not prejudiced by the new group of candidates proceeding, this matter has been adjourned until 12 May 2016, at which point the Federal Court can give further consideration to these matters if necessary.
Ultimately the other matters including quotas, fast tracking and abolishing merit based selection systems are still matters before the Court for determination.
In the mean time the MFB has referred a question of whether recruit process is a matter pertaining to the employment relationship to Fair Work Commission. This matter will be heard before the Full Bench of the FWC on 26 April 2016. In the mean time should members have any queries please contact Peter Marshall on 0419 127 004.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary