Bulletin No: 173 | 3 October 2018
To: ALL UFU MEMBERS
MFB MAKES SEVERE CUTS TO ESSENTIAL FIRE SERVICE FUNDS
The MFB Chief’s silence is deafening
- A fire service is not a business; it is a vital community service. Corporate boards heading fire agencies must understand that slashing funds is never acceptable to their fire service personnel or to the community.
- It should be noted that the MFB and CFA are the only fire services in Australia that are dictated by corporate people who have no understanding of the necessity and importance of equipment and firefighting operations that are underpinned by quality training and services all of which cost money.
- As outlined in Bulletin #158 (11/09), the UFU Branch Secretary has over the past month corresponded with the MFB CEO/CO regarding budget cuts in the MFB.
- The MFB CEO/CO Dan Stephens has stayed silent on budget allocation and these particular cuts. His silence, and that of Board President Jasmine Doak, is deafening and also a little strange considering that some MFB personnel have already circulated information to their colleagues regarding drastically altering aspects of their work in order to deal with the funding cuts.
- This leads us to think that the MFB CEO/CO is either happy to mislead the Union, is not aware of what’s going on in the very organisation that he purports to lead, or is trying to cover up the savage budget cuts to training, equipment and other areas.
- Today the UFU sent the following letter to all Victorian politicians from the Australian Labor Party, Greens and Reason Party to inform them of these cuts.
LINK TO LETTER SENT TO POLITICIANS TODAY: https://jmp.sh/kJWVu1B
- We advised them of the following:
- That the MFB is cutting funds across a number of departments in the MFB
- The effects on fire service personnel and the community when funds are cut by fire agencies
- That the UFU is aware of EMV on 2 occasions refusing to provide supplementary funding to the MFB for protracted extraordinary emergency incidents.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary