Union to focus on CFA takeover bid following new pay deal with Andrews Government
Member for Ripon Louise Staley has warned that the United Firefighters Union is free to continue its campaign to take control of the CFA after completing a grubby pay deal with the Andrews Government.
Daniel Andrews recently caved into the union’s demands; agreeing to a deal that will see career firefighters receive a 19% increase in allowances, a $3,000 “delayed pay increase” payment as well as another 15 new allowances.
Ripon MP Louise Staley said that having secured their pay demands the UFU is now free to turn its attention back to a takeover bid of the CFA and its 60,000 volunteers.
“Daniel Andrews’s inability to stand up to the UFU sends an ominous warning to the CFA.” Ms Staley said.
“Under Daniel Andrews, career firefighters have hit pay dirt, are now setting their sights on taking over the CFA.”
“The rights of CFA volunteers must be protected; Daniel Andrews needs to stand up and give something back to the men and women that protect our communities.”
“This dispute has seen a drop in volunteer numbers, the 90 CFA brigades based in Ripon cannot afford any further drops, who will protect our community when after local volunteers have been pushed away?”
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin said it’s a disgrace that Daniel Andrews wants to break up our CFA – volunteer firefighters deserve respect.
“Daniel Andrews is determined to destroy the CFA, and today’s grubby deal paid off the United Firefighters Union to remain silent.” Mr Battin said
“This divisive premier is putting the safety of Victorians at risk with his destructive treatment of the CFA.”