Bulletin No: 009 Volume: 21 Tuesday 13 January 2015
To ALL UFU MFB MEMBERS
CFA & MFB OPERATIONAL
STAFF BARGAINING UPDATE
As reported yesterday in UFU bulletin 008, the good faith bargaining orders arising from CFA’s Fair Work Commission application last year are to be revoked following the landmark decision regarding the recruits case by the Full Bench of the Federal Court.
The Full Bench decision has now completely vindicated the UFU’s claims put within the bargaining environment over the previous months.
This now draws to an end the CFA and MFB managements complaints as to the legality of a range of matters pursued within the UFU logs of claim.
In light of the recent change in Government and this landmark decision both the CFA and MFB are seeking clarification from Government as to their bargaining positions and relevant new policies.
Legal action on the basis of re AEU principles were front and centre in both the MFB and CFA litigious bargaining strategies, including but not limited to the CFA application for good faith bargaining orders and the MFB termination application.
Because of these narrow sighted and extremely adversarial actions from both groups of senior management, progress of bargaining has been considerably delayed over the last two years.
Despite this, yesterday’s FWC hearing was a welcome underline to what has been a long and difficult dispute with both MFB and CFA senior management.
We look forward to further bargaining under this new environment and will provide further updates to members in the near future and as soon as senior management of both the MFB and CFA have clarified their bargaining positions.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary