Volunteers are essential, as you said, that the requirements of the states could not be met without them. I tend to accept that all professional firefighters in Victoria are covered under the same separate umbrella for volunteers, but until that happens, employees certainly deserve the safest work environment that is passable. You are now saying, “We can conclude that Parliament means that CFA service is provided by volunteers` first and formost,`, but that is very different from the wording and, in my view, that conclusion does not agree with the term `worker-supported` which suggests a minor role. Otherwise, he would use a word like “completed” instead of “assisted.” In any case, if you intend to propose now that 6F is really on whom the lion`s share (volunteers or employees) and not on subordination (although you agreed earlier: “I see your point and I think the arguments you make in this last article are pretty convincing”), then I must say that I do not think that claiming a variety of metrics is true. I don`t have the statistics at hand and they are hard to find (in fact, the UFU has argued that the CFA deliberately conceals performance statistics to hide public safety breaches from the total or voluntary reaction – link below). But I think you`ll notice that a lot of the CFA`s calls went through professional firefighters. All staff covered by this agreement only appear under this agreement or at the rank of DCO or CO if they respond to fire detectors or incidents under this agreement, except in the event of a Level 3 multi-institutional incident or a CFA/MFB incident controller in the event of an incident. In the absence of a detailed explanation from the UFU as to why this is not the case and how the agreement will not change the “role of volunteers in the fight against bushfires and the maintenance of community safety”, I agree with Rush QC that the bargaining contract for companies, which is essential for redundancies, is contrary to CFA law. It gives the United Firefighters Union unprecedented powers within the CFA. The EBA undermines the role and independence of volunteers. Those who had been dismissed or resigned had no choice but to oppose the EBA.
They say that volunteer firefighters make their position clear and public, but do not provide proof. For a time, almost all of the concerns expressed were based on false claims, which were most likely inspired by clear lies published by the Herald Sun and expressed by Liberal MPs. (For example, all volunteers are replaced by staff or all volunteers have to wait for staff to arrive before attacking the fire, etc.) In the last two weeks, these complaints have almost stopped, probably because now everyone knows they are false. If you look at their complaints now, they are not clearly articulated at all. Almost always, they repeat the vague complaint of the former Board of Directors and that of its President that the EBA would put an end to the subordination of staff by 6F to the volunteers. In most cases, this right is not justified in detail. Perhaps you could give an example to deny me? According to the 2015 management report, the CFA employed 972 “operational officers” and 35367 volunteers. Many Victoriaville residents need a voluntary response and a review of each report on government services shows the excellent work they do (see Michael Eburn, Bushfires and Australian Emergency Management Law and Policy; Adapting to Climate Change and the New Fire and Emergency Management Environment` in Austin Sarat, Lloyd Burton and Lisa Grow Sun (eds), Cassandra`s Curse: The Law and Foreseeable Future Disasters (Emerald, 2015, Studies in Law, Politics and Society Vol 68) 155-188).