Bulletin No: 045 Volume: 20 Thursday 26 February 2014
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
MFB OPERATIONAL STAFF
The UFU and the MFB met today to further discuss/negotiate a new operational staff enterprise agreement in accordance with the agreed procedures.
The MFB, prior to this meeting, had forwarded to the UFU correspondence which outlined the MFB’s position regarding the recent decision of Justice Murphy in the Federal Court – the CFA staffing matter.
Members would be aware, that the UFU has appealed Justice Murphy’s decision.
However, irrespective of such the MFB are relying upon its content and have indicated to the UFU that it is illegal for the UFU to pursue sub sections of clauses or in some cases the total content of clauses which are as follows:
(A copy of the MFB’s correspondence dated 21 February 2014 is attached. Members should read the MFB’s correspondence so you fully understand what your employer is seeking.)
- Minimum staffing
- Clause 12 classification of career paths and opportunities
- Clause 13 contracting out and maintenance of classification
- Clause 39 safe staffing levels
- Clause 41 secondment and lateral entry
- Clause 43 rostering
- Clause 75 training and professional development
- Clause 127 classifications
- Clause 130 maintenance of classifications
- Clause 137 rostering arrangement and procedures
- Clause 149 maintenance of classifications
- Clause 162 classifications
- Clause 168 rostering arrangement procedures
- Clause 171 career paths and opportunities
- Clause 172 work locations and duties for Fire Service Communication Controllers
- Clause 176 maintenance of classifications
- Schedule 2 minimum staffing
In response to the MFB’s letter dated 21 February 2014 the UFU provided correspondence dated 27 February 2014 which advanced a way forward for negotiations and also address the issues raised by the MFB.
The parties met today to discuss the UFU’s correspondence of which the MFB representatives rejected and quite frankly were fairly aggressive in their approach to removing the above conditions of employment.
The UFU has in turn advised the MFB that it will respond accordingly in the near future.
In the interim Members should fully appraise themselves of the MFB’s position contained in the attached correspondence.
If you have any queries please contact the UFU office on 9419 8811.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary