Bulletin No:          283                     Volume:  20                Wednesday 31 December 2014

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

UPDATE

CASCADING

AND SPLITTING

SHIFTS AND

ACTING DOWN

Yesterday the UFU BCOM representatives and industrial staff met with the CFA to discuss issues regarding rostering, particularly shift cascading, shift splitting and acting down.

The UFU is pleased to update members that today’s meeting was quite positive and hopefully the first of many such meetings under a new industrial environment.

The CFA were generally receptive to the UFU’s proposals although will be responding further and there will be further meetings scheduled.

The UFU pointed out that the CFA staffing and rostering issues are simply due to staffing shortages including inadequate relief ratios and reneging on the previous board of reference outcomes.

The Union also pointed out that we’ve been trying to resolve these issues in some of our bargaining claims over the last 18 months but CFA have been refusing to talk to us in that forum.

Regarding implementing improved systems the UFU put to the CFA on a without prejudice basis and on the basis that recruitment is expedited that staffing shortages in the interim be dealt with on the basis of the following 3 principles:

  1. First CFA should exhaust their internal on shift resources via recall not using cascading or split shifts etc.

  1. Then CFA should exhaust from their qualified instructor resources in accordance with the EA 3. Then CFA should utilise MFB resources via recall or move up but on the basis that the MFB are recalling at the other end.

The CFA will respond to our proposal by putting together a draft document around these principles, and then the parties will meet again.

Regarding acting down, the UFU proposed a working party to explore the issues further. The first step of such would be to consider where acting down is occurring across the state and why it is occurring in each case. The CFA responded positively to this proposal.

As stated above, the UFU is hopeful that this is the beginning of a new positive environment where the parties can pick up where things left off when the CFA proceeded down a path of adversarial and regressive industrial relations. The UFU is hopeful that the above proposals will move forward as processes to deal with the interim issues of serious staffing issues left over from the cut backs instigated under the previous Government.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary