Labor must stand up for CFA volunteers
23 April 2016
Friday 22 April 2016
It has been revealed that Premier Daniel Andrews is considering a deal that would give the city-based United Firefighters Union unprecedented power to control the CFA.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the UFU was demanding the ability to veto CFA management decisions, a move strongly opposed by the CFA’s management, board and volunteers.
“It is horrifying that Daniel Andrews is even considering agreeing to this demand,” Ms Ryan said.
“For a city-based union to be handed the ability to override CFA decisions is insulting and would be disastrous for our firefighting service.
“The UFU’s disdain for volunteer firefighters is well-known.
“The fact is, CFA volunteers selflessly put their safety on the line to protect our communities and they deserve to be treated far better than this.
“Daniel Andrews and his Labor Ministers must stand up to this militant union and ensure the important work of the CFA and its thousands of volunteers is not compromised.”
Ms Ryan said the demand that seven paid firefighters attend a callout before any volunteers are able to attend shows how little the UFU understands country communities.
“Volunteers are deeply concerned by this outrageous demand which will leave country communities exposed to extended wait times,” Ms Ryan said.
“For example in the event of a house fire in Violet Town, seven paid fire fighters would need to arrive from Shepparton before local volunteers were allowed to respond.”