Bulletin No:          045                     Volume:  21                Friday 13 March 2015

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

 

MFB AND CFA OPERATIONAL STAFF BARGAINING UPDATE

(GOVERNMENT WAGES POLICY)

Members are informed that an intensive workshop was recently held with the UFU lead negotiators and industrial staff to review our strategy and claim in the context of the new government.

The purpose of the workshop was to ensure that we were well prepared given that the new government will be finalising the Government wages policy in the very near future of which both the MFB and CFA will then have no excuse to delay bargaining any further.

The UFU is extremely fortunate to have the experience of Industrial Relations Manager Casey Lee.  Casey has extensive knowledge of the evolution of the MFB and CFA industrial conditions over a significant period of time.

We also have had, and continue to have the benefit of former Police Association Secretary Paul Mullett.  Under his stewardship the Police Association defeated many challenges to police industrial conditions as well as make advancements to such conditions.

Paul has been assisting the UFU for a number of years and we appreciate his dedication and assistance.  We also appreciate his generosity with the time he has afforded to the UFU and the membership.

Additionally we have also had the benefit of the experience of former ETU Secretary Dean Mighell who also has an extremely impressive record in achieving ground breaking results such as bargaining agent fees, income protection, 36-hour week etc.

Of course our bargaining team has BCOM members also in attendance to ensure operational and grass-root input.  

The Branch Committee of Management gives up an enormous amount of personal time and we are extremely grateful and fortunate to have such dedication and commitment.

In the very near future we will be facilitating membership meetings to explain the Government wages policy once it is disseminated and analysed by our industrial experts.

Due to the UFU bargaining unit’s extensive operational, industrial and legal experience. Hence not only have we avoided any negative consequences through the previous employer attacks, but the union is extremely well positioned to achieve a positive outcome for members.

The UFU is confident of a positive outcome in the new environment of a government that does not have anti-union policies but rather encourages employers and unions to work cooperatively to the benefit of members.

Should members have any queries in relation to operational staff bargaining, please do not hesitate to contact Casey Lee or Michelle Baldini at the UFU office on 9419 8811.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary