BULLETIN

Bulletin No:      134                                      Volume:  20                      Wednesday 18 June 2014

TO ALL UFU MEMBERS

UFU FILES APPROXIMATELY 55 WITNESS STATEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO MFB’S EVIDENCE

Members are advised that the UFU have filed approximately 55 witness statements today in defence of the MFB’s allegations and in accordance with the Fair Work Commission directions for the matter of the MFB’s applications to terminate the MFB UFU Operational Staff Agreement 2010 and the MFB UFU Assistant Chief Fire Officer Agreement 2010.

The breakdown of the witness statements for the UFU, in part is as follows:

  • 6 Assistant Chief Fire Officer witness statements
  • 13 Commander witness statements
  • 9 Senior Station Officer witness statements
  • 12 Station Officers witness statements
  • 10 Leading Firefighters witness statements
  • 1 Senior Firefighters witness statements
  • 1 Firefighters witness statements
  • Two UFU industrial Officer witness statements; and
  • A witness statement from the Director of the University of Melbourne Statistical Consulting Centre

Included in the above are composite statements which are statements in the name of one firefighter (and listed as one firefighter) but includes specific reference to other firefighters who have provided information and views.

The Director of the University of Melbourne Statistical Consulting Centre has provided an expert witness statement analysing the UFU survey of the Members’ views about the MFB’s application to terminate the agreements and the implications if the MFB applications were successful.

On behalf of the Branch Committee of Management I want to thank all who came forward with information and were willing to personally provide a statement to ensure the Fair Work Commission has all the relevant information to fully understands the  views of those covered by the agreements and the effects if the MFB were to be successful.    Please note that the above list is not a complete list of all those that have come forward willing to participate and provided information.

This is the most serious of battles that MFB members have faced and the above witness statements, as well as information provided by others, will be part of a wealth of evidence that will clearly inform the Commissioner that firefighters do not want their agreements terminated. The UFU evidence includes substantial information to refute the MFB’s claims and to expose where the MFB witnesses’ claims are unfounded.

A further bulletin will be disseminated in relation to these matters. 

 In the interim we thank you for your support and solidarity.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary