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Labor Must Stand Up For CFA Volunteers

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.

Nationals Leader and Member for Murray Peter Walsh 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,” Mr Walsh said.

“For a city-based union to be handed the ability to override CFA management 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.”

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