BULLETIN

Bulletin No:          220                            Volume:  21                   Tuesday 17 November 2015

To ALL UFU MEMBERS

WORKSAFE, EPA AND COMMISSIONER LAPSLEY TO APPEAR BEFORE FISKVILLE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

After vigilant monitoring of the Fiskville Parliamentary Inquiry website, the UFU has discovered that the following critical witnesses are to be examined by the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee this Friday 20 November 2015.

11.30am:                Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley

1.15pm:                Worksafe Victoria

3.30pm:                Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA)

                        

Members are asked to make every effort to attend the Victorian Parliament for the hearing of the above witnesses this Friday.

                

MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO MEET

ON THE STEPS OF VICTORIAN PARLIAMENT

SPRING STREET, MELBOURNE

11.00am FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER

Clearly the Fire Service Commissioner, who is involved in our current EPA and was previously employed by the CFA as a Senior Officer would have intimate knowledge of Fiskville and its contamination which should be of considerable interest to firefighters and the Inquiry.

In relation to Worksafe,  it is a matter of public record that Worksafe failed firefighters by taking over two-and-a-half years to hand down a report of an inquiry which resulted from UFU complaints.

As to why WorkSafe took more than two years is going to be of extreme interest.  In particular given that the legislation dictates that they have three months to hand down a report once a complaint is received.

The other organisation – the EPA – should come under close examination given they are the regulatory body for enforcement of environmental protection.

It is worth noting that Mick Bourke was Chairman of the EPA previous to his employment as CFA CEO, and it was in part during his time as Chairman of the EPA when contamination was occurring at Fiskville.

It is the UFU’s considered opinion that both the regulatory bodies have failed firefighters in allowing them to be exposed to known and unknown carcinogens and chemicals and bacteria.

In relation to the fire service Commission it will be interesting to gauge the extent of his knowledge given his previous employment as a CFA Senior Officer.

Members are asked to make every effort to attend the Victorian Parliament for the hearing of the above witnesses on Friday.

        

PLEASE MEET ON THE STEPS OF VICTORIAN PARLIAMENT

SPRING STREET MELBOURNE

11.00am FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER

Please RSVP to org2@ufuvic.asn.au or text Dan on 0419127045.

Strength in Unity

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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary