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July 25, 2016 2756

22 JULY 2016 UPDATE ON THE CFA/UFU EBA

Items covered by this update include: • Court ordered consultation • CFA Board appointments • Proposed changes to the Federal Fair Work Act • VFBV’s next Steps • The Premier • Fundraising to support our campaign on behalf of volunteers • Actions you can take at the local level SUPREME COURT ORDERED CONSULTATION BETWEEN CFA AND VFBV The Supreme Court-ordered formal consultation came to an end on Wednesday, 20 July. There is now no legal… (more)
Jul 15, 2016 1256

OPEN NOW - 2016 VFBV Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Survey

NOW OPEN - Click on your organisation's logo to start the survey. Volunteer Firefighters' Associations Around Australia Click on your Association's Name to start the survey Country Fire Service… (more)
Jul 08, 2016 343

VFBV FireWise Column - July 2016

In This Edition Farewell to Chief Officer Joe Buffone Federal Election Impacts on CFA CFA/EBA Volunteer Feedback VFBV's Concerns with the proposed EBA Have Your Say - Register here for the 2016 VFBV… (more)
Jul 08, 2016 415

VFBV Board Vacancies 2016 - 2018

Invitation to apply for four VFBV Board vacancies – for a 2 year term until 1st October 2018 Closing date for written applications is Monday 1st August 2016 VFBV advances the interests of all… (more)
Jun 30, 2016 3286

Farewell Chief

On behalf of the VFBV Board and volunteer leaders across CFA, it is with sadness and regret that I write to advise members that today Chief Officer Joe Buffone has tendered his resignation. The CFA… (more)
Jun 29, 2016 1023

CFA EBA Volunteer Feedback

Attached at the bottom of this page, is the current copy of the proposed CFA-UFU Operational Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016 version 17.4, which has been provided to VFBV for consultation purposes… (more)
Jun 23, 2016 445

Valuing Volunteers Fund Donations

VFBV has established a Valuing Volunteers Support Fund that is open to the public wishing to make donations to support the work we are doing to protect, advocate and represent CFA volunteers. This… (more)
Jun 14, 2016 12

Urban Championships ‘Come & Try Day’

Bendigo, Sunday 16 October 2016 The Greater Midlands Fire Brigades Competition Association [GMFBCA], the Bendigo & District Combined Brigades [BDFBCC], Central & Hume & Western District are hosting a… (more)
Jun 12, 2016 296

Member Welfare Update

During these difficult times, it is extremely important that you look after yourself, and your fellow peers. While emotions are running high, it is now more important than ever to support one… (more)
Jun 03, 2016 6227

Hands Off CFA - signs for Brigades

Many Brigades have asked for suitable sign designs to support their local efforts to publicise volunteers’ concerns with the proposed CFA/UFU Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. This Hands Off CFA… (more)
Jan 13, 2016 693

CFA Surge Capacity – Essential for Victoria

Big fires happen every year in Victoria. Victoria is one of the most fire prone areas in the world. But Victoria’s CFA volunteers and career staff are always ready to help keep you safe. Here’s how… (more)
 

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  • 19 July 2016 in CFA News Read 269 times CFA Challenge Program 2017 - Apply Now
    CFA Challenge Program 2017 - Apply Now CFA Challenge Program is an annual, 12-day leadership development program open to all CFA members aged 16 and above. Since 1994 more than 800 members have taken part in the Chairman’s Scholarship/Challenge Program. Challenge 2017 will run from Saturday 14 January to Wednesday 25 January 2017 at Creswick and in Gippsland. The program aims to identify potential future leaders, and present challenges and experiences that will uncover and enhance their leadership abilities. The first three…
  • 23 June 2016 in VFBV News Read 1106 times Notes on Today's Legal Proceedings - CFA/UFU EBA - 22 June 2016
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  • 15 June 2016 in VFBV News Read 627 times VFBV Requests for Meaningful Consultation
    VFBV Requests for Meaningful Consultation MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS This update is to provide you information concerning VFBV’s attempts to enact the provision of the CFA Act and Volunteer Chart that obligate the State of Victoria to genuinely consult with volunteers through their representative body (VFBV) on any matters that may affect them, before decisions are made. • The State Government has not accepted a single one of VFBV’s requests to meet and discuss our concerns to date The chief…
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