Bulletin No: 211 Volume: 21 Thursday 5 November 2015
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
Today The Age has published the article “Andrews Government demonising firefighters” which sets out the Government’s dirty tricks campaign as detailed in yesterday’s UFU Bulletin.
Members should pass this article onto family and friends.
The Age article can be read via http: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/andrews-government-demonising-firefighters-union-20151104-gkr0fp.html and is copied below:
Andrews government ‘demonising’ firefighters: union
The Age November 5, 2015 – 12:38AM
Victorian firefighters have launched a blistering attack on the Andrews government for “trying to demonise” their fight for a better workplace agreement.
As negotiations for a new deal collapsed again on Wednesday, the United Firefighters Union strongly denied accusations it is sticking to ambit wage claims that would give CFA firefighters pay rises of almost 60 per cent by 2018.
Union secretary Peter Marshall said the union had not yet settled on a proposed pay rise figure, and had always intended to leave it until later in the bargaining process. He said there were other, more pressing workplace matters that needed dealing with first.
“The UFU is extremely disappointed that the government is trying to demonise firefighters, based on claims that were made under the Napthine government, which were clearly ambit claims,” Mr Marshall said.
“The UFU has always been willing to negotiate a fair wages deal for firefighters, and has identified significant savings for the government, as well as productivity increases.”
On Wednesday, the Victorian government and the union met in the Fair Work Commission. The firefighters’ union accused Premier Daniel Andrews of reneging on previously agreed commitments.
Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett last month said the UFU were making exorbitant demands and were negotiating outside of reality.
“We want to finalise the collective agreement with firefighters which enhances their terms and conditions,” she said.
The union’s relationship with Labor has soured since the state election in which firefighters played a major role in securing the win.
Now, Mr Andrews is accused of betraying the union’s trust and faces the prospect of a public campaign condemning his “duplicity”.
It comes as the state’s police union also ramps up political pressure, telling the government to “hang its head in shame” over a “pathetic” wage offer of 2.5 per cent. The Police Association has announced it will make an application to the Fair Work Commission for the union to run a protected action ballot.
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