Members are advised that negotiations with MFB and CFA regarding safety issues at Yallourn have been resolved. Improved procedures and systems are in place.
Further to bulletins 35 and 36, the UFU can report that a new proposal in relation to concerns regarding fatigue and the ongoing deployment of MFB firefighters at Hazelwood has been agreed to.
Members are advised that the ballot for protected industrial action has been approved with 98% of those that voted approving the action.
The UFU has filed an appeal against the Federal Court decision which found the minimum staffing clauses in the CFA UFU Operational Staff Agreement 2010 were invalid and unenforceable due to constitutional reasons.
Members are informed that the UFU has been in constant contact with the MFB, CFA and the State Fire Services Commissioner regarding the ongoing activities at Yallourn- Hazelwood mine fire ground.
The UFU understands that the CFA is intending to use NSW firefighters and appliances in CFA stations to backfill trucks and crews that have been deployed to fire-grounds such as the Yallourn-Hazelwood mine fire.
A highly successful UFU industrial training seminar was held this week arming more than 80 delegates with the tools to implement a powerful industrial and political campaign to further the industrial interests of UFU members.
Members are reminded that the UFU annual family day picnic is this Sunday.
Tributes have been flowing for the former Chief Officer who, despite serious illness, has spent the last few years calling the CFA and Government to account on the contamination of Fiskville and to recognise occupational cancer for firefighters
Today, after approximately 2 years of negotiations and ongoing industrial action by members, the Unions, before the Fair Work Commission at a special Saturday conference, reached in principle agreement on all outstanding matters for the ESTA Operational Employees Enterprise Agreement.