BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          094                                    Volume:  20                        Friday 2 May 2014

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

OPERATIONAL STAFF

ENTERPRISE

BARGAINING UPDATE

MFB BARGAINING BY

TELEGRAM

The UFU representatives recommenced meetings with the MFB this week as part of the enterprise bargaining towards a new MFB Operational Staff Enterprise Agreement.

The day before the meeting, the UFU provided the MFB with some possible significantly re drafted clauses to meet the MFB’s concerns regarding classifications, consultation and dispute resolution. The new clauses were provided at 1.30pm on Monday, and at the meeting at 10.30am the following day, the MFB simply rejected them.

MFB bargaining representative Paul Stacchino arrived at bargaining, presumably direct from the MFB off site bunker with a handful of typed notes. At the meeting, the MFB representatives did not want to hear any overview or explanation of the UFU’s newly suggested clauses and instead Mr Stacchino simply read directly from his typed notes. The MFB then basically referred back to their written notes throughout discussions on the day.

The typed notes read aloud in short simply declared a rejection of the UFU’s attempts to try and progress bargaining with alternative clauses.

MFB senior fire officers are entrusted with firefighters lives and the communities safety on a day to basis, yet it seemed apparent they cannot be trusted to speak openly or frankly during bargaining.

The UFU enquired as to the author of the typed notes which Mr Stacchino read aloud from but the MFB representatives refused to give up the source. However it was clear from listening to the reading of the notes that they were of a legal nature.

The employers obstructive bargaining approach has been consistent from both the MFB and the CFA throughout the bargaining period. Both organisations have consistently appeared reticent to engage in meaningful discussion at the table.

Instead both organisations have engaged in extensive litigation away from the bargaining table.

Meanwhile as members are aware, the UFU has been engaged in a process of extensive redrafting of clauses. These clauses are nearing completion and will shortly be provided to members.

Despite the employers actions, the UFU will continue to strive towards progressing the bargaining and we are confident that common sense will prevail and agreed outcomes will be achieved.

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary