Minister resigns as premier declares firie stoush over

Related:Firies’ union may turn up heat on CFA

UPDATE 11.35am:Premier Daniel Andrews has announced he willacceptthethe Fair Work Commission’s recommendation to end the long running enterprise bargaining agreement dispute with Country Fire Authority firefighters –hours after his emergency services minister resigned in protest over what she has described as the union’s “outrageous” conditions.

But Mr Andrews said volunteer and career firefighters were sick of being used as a “political football”.

“They want thisfixed because they want the focus back on fighting fires and keeping their communities safe,” the premier said.

“I’m not having this drag on for another 1000 days – because that’s not safe, and that’s not fair.”

The premier released a statement saying that, in accepting thecommission’s recommendation –which the United Firefighters Union backed but CFA board described as unlawful –the government hadalso put in place additional safeguards for volunteer firefighters, including “inserting clauses into the agreement that clearly specify that the role of volunteers and the services they provideare not altered by the agreement”.

The statement said that concerns raised by the CFA regarding the enforceability of key aspects of the agreement have now beenresolved as follows:

Diversity: A statement of joint intent between the CFA and the UFU will confirm that the agreement willnot override the National Employment Standards enshrined in the Fair Work Act which include the rightof employees to request flexible working arrangements.Seven on the fireground: A statement of joint intent between the CFA and the UFU will commit theparties to working together on the rollout of 350 new firefighters and the implementation of the seven onthe fireground dispatch model.Consultation and dispute resolution: The government will also seek a commitment from the parties that‘agreement will not be unreasonably withheld’ on matters which require consultation.Mr Andrews said thegovernment hadappointed Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley to oversee theimplementation of the agreement.Commissioner Lapsley. he said,wouldmonitor:

The increased recruitment and support of women, and other programs associated with the diversityclause in the agreementThe effective rollout of 350 new career firefighters at integrated stationsThe operational impact of seven on the fireground within Victoria’s 34 integrated stationsThe rollout of training for new recruits and skill developmentThe commissioner will publicly release six and 12-month reports on the implementation of the agreement, whichwill include recommendations for ongoing improvement to CFA management and support for volunteerfirefighters in the community. The reports will also be provided to the Fair Work Commission.

The government said it believedthe agreement as recommended by Fair Work and with the additional clarificationaround enforceability, is a fair and balanced outcome which respects the work of both career and volunteerfirefighters.

More to come.

Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett has resigned over the CFA-UFU fire fight.

EARLIER:Victoria’s emergency services minister has resignedover the proposed deal with the firefighters union.

Premier Daniel Andrew released a short statement this morning saying Jane Garrett hadquit the cabinet at an emergency cabinet meeting.

“Despite all concerns previously raised by Ms Garrett being addressed, she has indicated she refuses to support cabinet proposals to end the long-running dispute over the CFA Enterprise Agreement,” Mr Andrews said.

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