Bulletin No: 138 Volume: 20 Friday 20 June 2014
TO ALL UFU MEMBERS
SUMMER FIRE SEASON
In relation to the ongoing saga of the inability of the MFB to simply pay its employees for their work at Hazelwood, and the constant stream of excuses and promises that the MFB will pay its employees, members are reminded that this matter is the subject of a Federal Circuit Court Application by the UFU.
In relation to this matter, on 13 June the UFU filed and served a statement of claim which includes particulars of instances of alleged non-payment.
The MFB has been ordered to file and serve a defence by 27 June 2014.
After this, a mediation has been scheduled by the Court to occur on 9 August 2014.
The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board & United Firefighters Union Operational Staff Agreement 2010 clearly requires that overtime be paid in a timely manner.
The Fair Work Act also requires that all payments in relation to the performance of work be made in full, and at least monthly.
Given the hard and dangerous work performed by firefighters at Hazelwood and other fires, we believe it is unacceptable for the MFB to take months to provide payment.
We understand that the failure of the MFB to provide payments has caused significant financial hardship to members who had assumed that payment would be provided in a timely manner as required by the agreement.
As well as seeking outstanding payments to be made, the UFU is also seeking that penalties be imposed on the MFB for their breaches of the Fair Work Act and enterprise agreement and is seeking payment of interest for the period where payment should have been made but wasn’t.
Anyone wishing to provide details of shifts they have performed and not received payment should contact Jeremy Murphy at the UFU office on 9419 8811 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary