Bulletin No: 196 Volume: 22 Thursday 15 December 2016
To: ALL UFU MEMBERS
UFU SETTLES DISPUTE BY ENSURING ADDITIONAL MFB PEER SUPPORT RESOURCES ARE MADE A PRIORITY
The UFU dispute regarding the MFB’s misuse of a Peer Support Review was resolved in the Fair Work Commission yesterday with MFB agreeing that additional resources for the Peer Support programme will be implemented without delay.
The UFU filed a dispute in the Fair Work Commission and sought an urgent conference after the MFB announced with was going to release the Review of the MFB Support Final Report on Monday.
Despite the MFB stating that it would not release the report out of respect for the Fair Work Commission process, the Report was apparently briefly available on the intranet and was leaked to media.
The UFU is highly critical of much of the report which makes sensational claims about bullying, sexism, alcohol and drug use. Only 2.8 per cent of the MFB workforce was involved in the Review and the Report is damning of firefighters with sensational claims without the inclusion of any evidence for the statements.
However, the UFU welcomed the sections of the report that recommended increased resources for the Peer Support Programme.
Yesterday in the Fair Work Commission the UFU and MFB agreed to issue the below Joint Communique.
As a result, the appointment of a second full time Peer Support Coordinator and a second contract psychologist will be a priority. All other recommendations will be considered through the consultation process.
As the Report had been leaked to media and was already widely distributed through the media, it was also agreed the Report would be released to MFB employees.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary