Bulletin No: 167 | 19 September 2018
To: ALL UFU MEMBERS (MFB and CFA Officer Ranks)
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MFB AND CFA
A call to reconsider engagement of anti-worker commercial law firms and expenditure of fire service levy funds to litigate against Victoria’s professional career firefighters
- Following UFU Bulletin #161 (13/09), the UFU advises members that the UFU appeal of the rank alignment and relativities case has been set down to be heard by a Full Bench on 19 October 2018.
- In anticipation of this appeal, the UFU once again calls on the MFB and CFA to reconsider the expenditure of fire service funds on aggressive, anti-union and anti-worker commercial law firms to prosecute their case.
- At the very least, the MFB and CFA should reflect upon how their own workforces, as well as the community, would perceive the two agencies for engaging the very commercial law firm that disgracefully attempted to terminate all MFB operational staff’s conditions of employment less than 5 years ago.
- As the UFU prepares to embark on a community awareness campaign, the MFB and CFA may also want to give serious thought to the fact that taxpayers would not want their fire service levy monies used to litigate against professional career firefighters.
- The UFU calls on MFB Board President Jasmine Doak, MFB Chief Officer/CEO Dan Stephens, CFA Board Chair Greg Smith and CFA CEO Paul Smith to provide assurances to the UFU that fire service levy funds will not be expended to litigate against professional career firefighters and that the agencies will reconsider engaging a hostile commercial law firm for this matter.
- Finally, by way of update, the UFU advises that the MFB and CFA have still not answered our requests, on your behalf, for the MFB and CFA to hold open forum meetings with their respective Officers. So far, the CFA has remained silent on the issue while the MFB in the meantime has offered to some members to hold meetings on station with the platoon.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary