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Federal Court hands down decision

By: Mick Bourke

  11.00 AM 31 January, 2014

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The Federal Court handed down their decision at 4pm today (Friday 31 January) regarding proceedings between CFA and the UFU. 


The case was heard in April 2013 to resolve a number of issues around the recruitment and allocation of CFA operational staff and whether some of the clauses in the 2010 Agreement are legally binding.


As outlined in an earlier blog (see links below), there were two key issues being debated: 

  • the right of CFA to determine the number of staff it employs 
  • key aspects of the 2010 Agreement that restrict the ability of the Chief Officer to exercise his duties.



Now the decision has been handed down, CFA will need time to review and carefully consider what it means for our people. This review will most likely be complete by mid-next week due to the complexity of the case.


I understand that it’s an extremely busy time of year for everyone and we look forward to being able to provide you with more certainty around these matters, so we can get on with the job of supporting and protecting Victorian communities.


We will keep you informed through this blog and we will continue communicating directly with our operational staff through the Ops Agreement Updates which are emailed and also available from the CFA intranet.


Please email any questions or feedback to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy72396 + '\'>'+addy_text72396+'<\/a>'; //-->


See also:

•            24 April 2013 blog: Federal Court case update

•            22 April 2013 blog: Federal Court proceedings this week



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