BULLETIN

Bulletin No:   148                                 Volume:  20                        Friday 4 July 2014

To ALL UFU MFB OPERATIONAL MEMBERS

MFB UNDERTAKINGS STRIPS

PROTECTIONS FROM

FIREFIGHTERS CONDITIONS

Remember when the MFB claimed it would give an undertaking to maintain core terms and conditions of employment if the Operational Staff and ACFO 2010 Agreements were terminated?

An analysis of the MFB undertakings provided this week clearly shows the MFB intend to remove a number of core terms and conditions, and they are only undertaking to keep the rest for 12 months.

The UFU has prepared a clause-by-clause comparison of the MFB proposed undertakings with the two firefighters 2010 Agreements.

That comparison is available to members on the password protected section of the UFU website ufuvic@asn.au.  Members are requested to ask their delegate for the login and password

In determining whether to terminate the entire Agreements, the Commission must take into consideration the views of the employees covered by the Agreement.  

Therefore it is important to ensure that Members have access to all of the MFB evidence including the undertakings to understand the case the MFB is making to wipe out the operational firefighter agreements.

If the MFB is successful in their applications, the Agreements will no longer apply at all – the Commission can only terminate the Agreements in their entirety.  

The MFB have provided Undertakings setting out how it has decided to operate for the first 12 months if the agreements are terminated.

Remember:

  1. It is questionable as to whether the undertakings can be enforced.

  1. The terms of the undertakings, even if complied with, involve a significant reduction in conditions that you currently enjoy under your enterprise agreement.

  1. MFB’S UNDERTAKING EXPIRES AFTER 12 MONTHS  AND WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS THEN IS UNKNOWN, IS A MATTER FOR THE MFB SUBJECT TO THE AWARD, IF ANY AWARD APPLIES.

If there are any queries or comments regarding these statements, please contact Peter Marshall 0419 127 004.

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary