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Fair Work Commission - Heavy Hazmat Training
CFA has lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission regarding the United Firefighters (UFU) action to prevent staff from undertaking training on the new Heavy Hazmat vehicle.
This unprotected industrial action, imposed and organised by the UFU, is unnecessarily delaying the introduction of our new $15 million fleet of high-tech specialist appliances.
These Heavy Hazmat vehicles will replace existing Hazmat response vehicles in Ballarat City, Corio, Hallam and Shepparton, and provide state-of-the-art protection from chemical, biological and radiological incidents in and around country Victoria.
CFA feels this unprotected industrial action is unreasonable. The delivery of this training is the culmination of months of hard work to ensure these appliances are ready, safe and suitable to come into service.
We are taking action in the Fair Work Commission to have this unprotected industrial action cease so we can continue rolling out these specialist appliances.
These trucks are expected to go into service within four weeks after our people are trained.
Any of our people involved in the training may seek advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman and/or their . There are possible consequences for not complying with CFA's direction as it may be considered unprotected industrial action.
I have also written to the Secretary of the UFU to advise that CFA fully supports Deputy Chief Officer Slijepcevic and any other officer discharging their duties in good faith. CFA will vigorously defend inappropriate claims made against them such as those in the UFU's recent bulletin and in the Secretary's letter to the Deputy Chief Officer.
We anticipate a decision in the coming days and will keep you informed.