Bulletin No: 181 Volume: 22 Thursday 17 November 2016
UFU PHONE BANK TO COMMENCE SUNDAY TO ENSURE MEMBERS ARE PREPARED
IF CFA PUT THE AGREEMENT TO A VOTE
AGAINST UFU’S ADVICE
The UFU has engaged the services of a call centre to contact members and ensure that they are fully informed of the potential ramifications if the CFA force a vote on the proposed CFA UFU Operational Staff Agreement 2016.
Starting Sunday night CFA operational members will be receiving phone calls from which will provide information of vital importance should the CFA put the agreement to a vote in its current form.
The UFU is deeply concerned that the CFA will put the proposed CFA UFU Operational Staff Agreement 2016 out to vote without the necessary protections needed as a result of the Fair Work (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Amendment Act.
Clearly if the CFA apply to have the proposed agreement certified in its current form, the VFBV and the Federal Government will intervene and object which may result in either the Fair Work Commission refusing to certify the agreement or the removal of a significant number of key clauses resulting in the significant loss of your entitlements.
Yesterday’s bulletin outlined the key clauses which the VFBV and the Federal Government have said they will attack include:
- Minimum Staffing Levels
- Dispute Resolution
- Classifications, Career Paths and Opportunities
- Emergency Medical Response
- Road Accident Rescue
- Secondment and Lateral Entry
- Schedule 1 – Minimum Crewing Chart
- Schedule 5 – Training Framework
The Federal Government have listed 60 terms in the proposed agreement that they allege are unlawful under the recently amended Act and the VFBV have previously listed the 45 clauses and 9 schedules in the proposed agreement that they believe impact on volunteer firefighters.
The UFU’s Queens Counsel have suggested a number of protective mechanisms which have been dismissed by the CFA.
If the CFA and the Government proceed unilaterally to put the proposed Agreement out for a vote without the necessary protections, then the UFU strongly recommends that it is in your best interest to vote NO to the proposed agreement as the only way of protecting the integrity of your terms and conditions of employment.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary