Bulletin No: 091 Volume: 20 Tuesday 29 April 2014
TO ALL UFU MEMBERS
UFU LODGE FEDERAL
PAYMENTS TO MEMBERS
The UFU filed an application in the Federal Circuit Court today regarding the MFB’s failure to provide payments to members within the timeframe required by both the Fair Work Act 2009 and the operational staff enterprise agreement.
The UFU understand the MFB are yet to make payments in relation to work performed as part of the Hazelwood deployment beginning in February this year.
We also understand that that the MFB have failed to make payment for overtime performed in relation to the Keilor fire and other incidents prior to the Hazelwood deployment. We have been advised that MFB are suggesting they will ‘try’ to provide payments before the end of the financial year.
The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board & United Firefighters Union Operational Staff Agreement 2010 clearly requires that overtime be paid in a timely manner.
The Fair Work Act also requires that all payments in relation to the performance of work be made in full, and at least monthly.
The UFU believe that the MFB are in breach of these requirements.
Given the hard and dangerous work performed by firefighters at Hazelwood and other fires, we believe it is unacceptable for the MFB to take months to provide payment.
We understand that the failure of the MFB to provide payments has caused significant financial hardship to members who had assumed that payment would be provided in a timely manner as required by the agreement.
The UFU will seek to have any outstanding amounts paid immediately.
We will also be asking that penalties be imposed on the MFB for their breaches of the Act and agreement and seeking payment of interest for the period where payment should have been made but wasn’t.
Anyone wishing to provide details of shifts they have performed and not received payment should contact Jeremy Murphy at the UFU office on 9419 8811 or at email@example.com.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary