BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          174                                     Volume:  20                        Friday 25 July 2014

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

UFU SURVEYS MEMBERS:

MEMBERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS

THEIR CONFIDENCE OR NO CONFIDENCE

IN THE MFB PRESIDENT NEIL COMRIE (MFB BOARD MEMBERS),

AND CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, PETER RAU (MFB ELT)

The Union has remained silent in recent times despite extensive provocation by the MFB in connection with the MFB’s termination case.

It is clear by the various emails from employees to the MFB leadership team that employees have lost respect and confidence in the MFB management team.

The UFU has also been engaged in discussions with Members of the Victorian Parliament, both those within government and those within Opposition, in respect of the MFB culture.

The Union considers that morale within the MFB is at an all time low.  Little confidence is held by employees in the MFB Board under the stewardship of Neil Comrie and the MFB Executive Leadership team under the stewardship of Peter Rau, Chief Fire Officer.

Members will be contacted directly with a confidential process so that they can express their views through an electronic survey.

This information will assist the Union advance its discussions with members of the Victorian Parliament and significant leaders within the community.

In any emergency service it is essential that the first responders have confidence in the leaders of the organisation.  If they don’t the consequences are significant and accordingly should be brought to public and legislators’ attention.

One of the issues in the survey that members will be asked to express their views about the failure of Neil Comrie on behalf of the MFB board and Peter Rau on behalf of the MFB Executive Leadership team to live up to MFB’s undertakings and commitments.

Essentially the MFB  agreed to the following provisions in the MFB Operational Staff Agreement 2010 in clause 4.3.

Clause 4.3 states the following:

“Subject to this agreement the parties agree that they shall bargain collectively in relation to any matter whether arising from this agreement or not and in relation to the renewal, extension or variation of this agreement.”

As can be seen by clause 4.3 the MFB agreed to bargain collectively in relation to the renewal of the Operational Staff Agreement.

As Members would be aware the MFB have failed to meet to bargain collectively additionally they have sought to terminate both the Operational staff agreement and the Assistant Chief Fire Officer’s Agreement.

Members are advised that a confidential survey will be organised so members can express whether or not they have confidence in Neil Comrie as the president of the MFB Board and Peter Rau as the Chief Fire Officer and leader of the MFB Executive Committee.

If you have any questions please contact Peter Marshall.

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary