The ASU were disappointed to read some inaccurate and misleading information sent out by CFA Management last week, regarding the state of play with DMO/TO Enterprise Agreement.

The parties have been holding confidential discussions in good faith at the Fair Work Commission to try to progress towards a satisfactory outcome. As part of this process, the parties have been putting forward proposals on a ‘without prejudice’ basis.

In putting out their newsletter last week, CFA breached this process, and significantly misrepresented the state of play. ASU are of the view that we are making process, and whilst we have been frustrated with CFA’s approach at times, we have not sought to discredit them or engage in a public slanging match.

So it is particularly disappointing that CFA have chosen to do so, in what can only be an attempt to try to discredit the Unions. Nonetheless, we know that our members and far too savvy to fall for these tactics, and we will continue to do everything we can to get to a satisfactory outcome as soon as possible.

CFA’s statement about the views of Commissioner Wilson was inaccurate – Commissioner Wilson will soon be issuing a statement setting out the actual status of the discussions, and it is unhelpful for CFA to pre-empt this with their own interpretation of his comments.

As it happens, the current state of play is that the Unions have put a proposal to CFA to try to settle this, and the ball is now in their court. We will update members of any developments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to Matt Price at

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