EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
United Firefighters Union
Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for its failure to stand up to the blatant industrial militancy of the United Firefighters Union (UFU) during the current enterprise bargaining dispute, which is at the expense of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and its dedicated volunteers. In recent weeks UFU flags have begun flying from CFA stations and hanging off the back of CFA trucks — an action which is a real insult to the CFA’s 58 000 volunteers. Clearly the UFU is trying to take control of the CFA.
Why is it that the government is not willing to do the right thing by demanding that the UFU flags be immediately removed from stations and trucks? Why? Because the Andrews Labor government has lost control of the enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations and is beholden to its union mates for their support and deplorable actions during last year’s state election. The UFU actions included blatantly lying to the Victorian community and the totally unacceptable intimidation and harassment of female coalition candidates and polling booth workers by UFU members.
It is time that the Andrews government for once stood up for CFA volunteers and stood against its union mates by immediately acting to ensure that the UFU flags are removed from CFA property. If the Andrews Labor government does not do so, then it is yet again sending a clear message to CFA volunteers that they are second‑class citizens and the UFU is well and truly in control of the CFA and the government.