Late Monday, the Government agreed to final wording of a clause to go into the FRV Operations Agreement, which goes to the terms for FRV Ops staff seconded back to CFA.

Ordinarily, the ASU believed that we did not have an interest in this Agreement, as we are not a party to it. However, it seems that there are several matters that we believe should not be in there.

The Agreement that has been struck has the potential to diminish career opportunities for PTA staff, in preference of unqualified secondees.

The work you do is highly skilled, and this work needs to be valued by your employer and the state government.

We have written to CFA Management outlining our concerns as follows;

  • The outcome states that secondments can be to both operational and non-operational roles within CFA. This could result in a reduction in career opportunities for CFA PTA staff
  • This includes administrative support, training, and community safety – all of which are PTA functions
  • Consultation. It states that “any changes to infrastructure or resources provided to secondees may only occur in accordance with any consultation obligations FRV may have under this Enterprise Agreement”.

We have asked CFA Management to respond to the following questions by COB this Friday;

  • Can you confirm that these changes will not impact of career or promotional opportunities for existing CFA staff?
  • Can you confirm that secondees will not replace existing CFA staff?
  • Can you confirm that existing CFA staff will not be managed by, nor report to, secondees from FRV?
  • Can you advise what consultation has occurred around these changes, and what steps you have taken to mitigate the effects on existing CFA staff?
  • Can you confirm that future consultation processes under the CFA PTA Agreement will not in any way be impacted, delayed, or affected by any consultation requirements with seconded employees and their employer?

We will update members of any progress.

For more information please contact:
ASU Organiser Matt Price | 0407 362 764 | mprice@asuvictas.com.au

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