Bulletin No: 126 Volume: 22 Tuesday 12 July 2016
To: ALL UFU MEMBERS
MFB STOOPS TO ALL TIME LOW IN THEIR CAMPAIGN TO VILIFY MFB FIREFIGHTERS
Members would be aware that both the Herald Sun and the Age Newspapers have been selectively fed inaccurate information by the MFB in an attempt to vilify MFB firefighters as part of their strategy to lower their standing in the community.
This was part of the MFB overall plan when they sought to terminate your enterprise agreement and remove your conditions of employment using public fire service levy money in The Fair Work Commission.
Members may not be aware that MFB personnel attended the Quill Media Awards with the sole purpose of dirtying up the reputation of firefighters. They purchased seats at the prestigious media awards ceremony and set about their task of trying to create the impression that MFB Firefighters were overpaid, underutilised and implied they were bludging off the public purse.
As secretary of the UFU I have been contacted more recently by the Herald Sun in response to a story that had obviously been fed to them by the MFB. Despite the Herald Sun being given the proper information, they again pursued the MFB agenda of vilification.
At a recent Fair Work Commission Hearing, that only the MFB would have had knowledge about, the Herald Sun had a reporter in the room. They also had arranged for a photographer to ambush the UFU witness as he left the hearing.
The article was labelled initially as an exclusive and presented a one sided selective view of the proceedings. It omitted substantial factual evidence which of course is expected of the Herald Sun.
The public vilification of the UFU witness has resulted in enormous damage being done to his family members including his wife and child who were subjected to inquiries by family and friends as a result of the one sided reporting which appeared in the Herald Sun based on DCFO Leach’s statements and evidence.
The UFU will be providing the transcript of the evidence provided by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Leach, who made some outrageous statements obviously in the knowledge that the Herald Sun was in the room. These outrageous statements were in part quoted in the Herald Sun.
As secretary of the Union I have contacted the CEO of the MFB to express our concern of this ongoing and continued vilification of MFB Firefighters by his organisation. He denied any knowledge or involvement in the matter. I simply do not believe him.
As such we have indicated that the MFB, in particular their media department, have now set the bar for how we operate in a public forum.
The UFU will be providing further information over the forthcoming weeks but most importantly the UFU will provide you with a forum to express your views in regard to the MFB and its leadership team.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary