BULLETIN

Bulletin No:      120                                      Volume:  20                      Thursday 5 May 2014

TO ALL UFU MEMBERS:

UFU DISPUTES MFB’S PLANS

TO UNILATERALLY

INTRODUCE

LEAVE MANAGEMENT PLAN

The UFU have notified a dispute as a result of the MFB’s plans to unilaterally introduce a new leave management plan and process.

IF YOU ARE APPROACHED BY THE MFB TO DISCUSS YOUR LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS INCLUSIVE OF SICK LEAVE PLEASE CONTACT THE UFU OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AS THERE IS A GRIEVANCE IN PLACE.

The MFB presented documentation in the Consultative Committee yesterday the outlined the MFB’s plan to make employee’s accountable for MFB’s leave records and to have Commanders and Senior Station Officers raise leave patterns and trends with individual firefighters.   However the information was not provided for consultation as Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer David Bruce declared the MFB would be implementing the new process.

The UFU immediately notified of a grievance as any such implementation would be in breach of the consultation provisions and the attendance management clause in the MFB UFU Operational Staff Agreement 2010 which expressly provides for a working party to be established to consider matters regarding absenteeism.

In addition, this issue cuts across the ongoing negative leave dispute that is before the Fair Work Commission and was subject to conciliation that afternoon. The MFB have been unable to explain why numerous employees have identified significant discrepancies within their leave balances.

The MFB’s plan is to issue all operational staff with a list of all leave taken in the previous 12 months for the employee to check and ensure it is correct and to provide any missing documentary evidence for specific leave. The MFB did not deny this would make the employee responsible for the accuracy of the MFB records.

The relevant Commander will then be provided with graphs showing all leave taken for each employee in his command so that “trends” and “patterns” can be identified.  The Commander will then be required to meet with the employee’s to discuss these “trends’ and “patterns” with particular reference to unplanned leave such as sick leave.

The MFB’s documentation records that the purpose of providing such information “is to provide managers with visibility of leave patterns and trends, facilitating the development of strategies and action plans to reduce unplanned absenteeism and leave liability”.

As the dispute was filed during the consultation committee meeting yesterday and in accordance the dispute clause of the operational staff agreement the status quo prevails prior to the implementation of this plan/process.

Please contact the UFU on 9419 8811 if you have any queries.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary