Crisp Fights for CFA Volunteers
Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, has condemned the Andrews Government over the enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) currently being negotiated with the United Firefighters Union (UFU).
“We all acknowledge that career fire fighters deserve fair pay and conditions, however the United Firefighters Union's log of claims would also give the union the power to veto CFA decisions and diminishes the role of volunteers, replacing volunteer support staff with paid firefighters.
“Not only does it demand that seven paid firefighters be on a fireground before any firefighting starts, but it also bans paid firefighters from reporting to volunteers.
Speaking in Parliament this week, Mr Crisp asked the Minister for Emergency Services how communities such as Yaapeet would be protected when the nearest paid firefighters are over two hours away?
“Lives and property will be put at risk while volunteers who are part of the community stand by and watch all they care about burn. Those communities rely on and are supported by Country Fire Authority volunteers responding to local fire emergencies.”
"The Minister has stated she is not happy with the UFU's log of claims. However the Premier appears to have sabotaged her negotiations in order to protect UFU members who openly campaigned in marginal seats at the State election.”
“It astounds me that Daniel Andrews would support decimating an organisation who, for generations, has voluntarily protected the lives and property of rural and regional Victorians.
Mr Crisp has launched a petition to show the community’s support for local volunteers, copies of the petition are available from Mr Crisp’s electorate office, 35 Deakin Ave, Mildura or you can sign online at www.petercrisp.net.au/hands_off_the_cfa