Bulletin No:          040                     Volume:  21               Friday 6 March 2015

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

STATEMENT RE HERALD SUN STORY

The union has issued the statement bellow in relation to the Herald sun article which is predominantly about the CFA EBA.

Members should note that there is also reference to a source from the MFB which is obviously from the MFB senior management team.

This places into context how insincere and hollow the MFBs recent apology for their attack on MFB employees under the previous Napthine Government is.

Leopards don’t change their spots and clearly neither does the MFB executive team.

MEDIA RELEASE: Issued Friday March 6 2015

Public sector workers took a hammering under the Napthine Government.

Teachers, nurses, paramedics and firefighters were vilified and sued by a government driven by ideology rather the best interests of the community.

Firefighters’ industrial agreements expired in September 2013 – more than 17 months ago.

The previous government delayed negotiations on new agreements, putting families under strain with no wage increase since that time.

The government also spent millions of dollars of fire protection money initiating court action against CFA and MFB firefighters to end their 2010 industrial agreements.

They lost.

The Napthine Government was rejected at the past election for many reasons, but conservative MPs continue to seek revenge. The wage claim has been leaked by the previous government or the employer.

But the wage claim given to the Herald Sun last night is not new. The document is two years old.

Most of the claims made in the article and commentary are also not new, and were discredited when previously run in the Herald Sun more than a year ago.

Firefighters will continue to try to negotiate wage claims with the new State Government, through the traditional processes which were abandoned by previous government.

It may take some time, after the past 17 months and the six months prior were wasted by inaction and frustration from the Napthine Government.

In accordance with good-faith bargaining principles, we will not be doing this negotiation through the media.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary