BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          214                            Volume:  21                   Monday 9 November 2015

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

INDEPENDENT FACILITATOR REPORTS

SHOW GOVERNMENT MISLED PUBLIC

 OVER FIREFIGHTER WAGE CLAIM

This morning it has been revealed on radio that not only has the Andrew Government leaked bargaining documents into the public arena, but did so despite knowing that the information was misleading and out of date.

On ABC Radio this morning Minister Jane Garrett admitted she had “circulated” documents.

Minister Garrett said it was “great” it is in the public domain.

The document that was leaked to the Herald Sun was clearly marked “CONFIDENTIAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY”.

The treachery of the Andrews Government in its attempts to demonise firefighters was exposed as there are five reports from the Government’s appointed independent facilitator that demonstrate the documents purporting to be a 60% pay claim leaked into the public arena were not a true reflection of the status of the pay claims, and record that it was agreed that wages would be discussed last.

The 9.7% figure was inserted into the document in March 2014 as a result of an order of Fair Work Australia for the UFU to declare a figure.  Of course the 9.7% – and the Government know this to be true – was an ambit claim.

The Government appointed independent facilitator report clearly articulates in July 2015 the negotiating position of the UFU.  Additionally the Government appointed independent facilitator reports confirm that wage outcomes were to be discussed last once the other clauses were agreed.  

The Government have misled the Herald Sun and the public by not revealing there was an independent facilitator report that captured the party’s positions.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary