Bulletin No: 002 Volume: 23 Tuesday 3 January 2016
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
UFU MEMBERS/CAREER PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS DESERVE THE SAME FUNDING AS THE VFBV & VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
(PLEASE READ ATTACHED LETTER)
UFU members/career professional firefighters deserve the same funding that volunteer firefighters and the VFBV receive from both the CFA and State Government.
Career professional firefighters should not be discriminated against because of their industrial activity and belonging to a Union.
Please see the below correspondence which has been sent to the Chair of the CFA Board, the CFA Board and the State Government.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary
21 December 2016
Mr Greg Smith
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Funding of the VFBV
I respectfully write to you to make application for funding for the UFU for the equivalent amounts of monies and resources as provided to the VFBV by the CFA and Government.
As you will be aware, the history of the VFBV was predominately related to looking after the welfare of volunteer brigades.
However, it has now evolved to an organisation which the Government provides approximately $1.6 million per annum and has Government-funded five full time Field Officers, office accommodation and facilities and other resources.
On analysis, the activities the VFBV have now evolved to one that is virtually identical to an industrial organisation.
The VFBV has a delegate structure similar to employee organisations, the members’ pay capitation fees and the VFBV is affiliated to a peak body.
The VFBV’s operations include:
- Consulting with CFA volunteers on matters that affect them
- Lead and contribute to decision making and future planning processes at all levels
- Help brigade resolve matters of concern
- providing representation on committees within the CFA,
- making submissions to Government and other inquiries,
- involving themselves in health and safety legislation and making representation in those matters,
Most importantly they can no longer deny being described as an industrial body with the recent introduction of federal legislation which they now rely on to perform industrial advocacy and representation of their brigade members’ rights in the Fair Work Commission.
It is worthy of note that the VFBV recently instigated litigation advocating on behalf of their members against the CFA in the Supreme Court and we believe that litigation was likely to have been resourced using CFA/Government funding.
The VFBV’s operations and structure are parallel to the activities of a industrial organisation.
We see no reason why the UFU should be discriminated against by the Government and the CFA by not receiving the same resources and funding as is allocated to the VFBV.
We would like to discuss this matter with you at your earliest convenience.
Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino email@example.com
Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins firstname.lastname@example.org