Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has welcomed yesterday’s Coalition announcement that it will conduct a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Fire Services.
“The Andrews Government has failed Victorians by creating crisis within the Fire Services. Emergency services should never be under this stress.
“A Coalition Government will take action where Daniel Andrews has failed.
“Daniel Andrews used the United Fire Fighters Union at polling booths across the state at the last election. He has been in pay-back mode ever since.
“It has come at the expense of public safety and the safety of CFA staff who now openly talk about bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Mr Ramsay.
The Royal Commission will investigate the operational effectiveness and implications for community safety of past EBAs of the CFA and MFB, current EBAs and the replacement EBAs. The draft Terms of Reference make the process and conduct of negotiations regarding the replacement EBAs central to its investigation.
“Daniel Andrews has failed the Victorian people by refusing to act responsibly and with integrity in relation to the protections provided to the UFU.
“He has failed the employees of the MFB and CFA who have suffered, and still suffer, from the culture of bullying, harassment and intimidation that protects union bullies“, he said.
Under Andrews’ watch and direction, the CFA Board has been sacked and the MFB Board replaced. Along the way, seriously competent, capable leaders such as Lucinda Nolan have been lost from public service.
“I fully support the Coalition’s decision to proceed with a Royal Commission as a mechanism to take politics out of our emergency services and to get to the truth of what is really happening.
“It will force Daniel Andrews and his union mates out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
“But more importantly, it will work to return honesty, good workplace culture, safety, balance and security back into our fire services.
“The people of Western Victoria deserve to know that their emergency services are in the best shape to respond when they’re needed”.