Bulletin No:          003                     Volume:  21                Thursday 8 January 2015

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

UFU TOTALLY

VINDICATED BY

FULL BENCH OF

FEDERAL COURT

OF AUSTRALIA

AGAINST CFA

Members are advised that initial analysis of the major full federal court decision relating to the CFA’s refusing to honour the agreement that they made with the UFU and it’s subsequent actions in freezing recruiting and not adhering to minimum staffing indicates that the Full Court has found that re AEU principles do not apply to the CFA Operational Staff Enterprise Agreement. i.e. the CFA position that staffing cannot be dealt with in an agreement is wrong and the Union has been vindicated in opposing the attempts for the CFA to legally undo the agreement which the CFA validly entered into.

However not only does this decision affect CFA Operational Staff, but also MFB Operational Staff and all public sector Employees State wide and in fact interstate.

Clearly the wastage of public money in legally challenging an agreement they willingly entered into would mandate in good conscious that the CFA Board and Executive should resign due to the unnecessary stress that they have put their employees through and wastage of public monies.

The UFU legal team is continuing to consider this complex 82 page decision and will give further updates and a full analysis of the decision to members as soon as possible.

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary