CFA union dispute a sign of the times

NO SURRENDER: Following the theft of its anti-union sign, Tawonga Fire Brigade’s Scott Atkins (left) and Bruce Vine quickly obtained a replacement.

CFA volunteers say they are disgusted after a sign opposing the United Firefighters’ Union enterprise bargain agreement was removed from outside the Tawonga fire station on the Kiewa Valley Highway.

The sign is linked to the ongoing and bitter dispute that the volunteers say gives too much control to the paid firefighters.

Tawonga Fire Brigade’s Bruce Vine, who is also a member of the board of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria which promotes the welfare of volunteer firefighters, said that the sign had been on display for more than a month.

“The sign was securely attached with four substantial wires and would have taken several minutes to remove,” he said.

“There has been no friction on this issue in our area up until now, in fact we have been very pleased at the support the brigade has received from locals and visitors, and we are very disappointed that someone has seen fit to remove the sign.

“We put a post on Facebook asking for community members who may have noticed anything, and from the information we received we believe it must have happened between 11am and 2pm on Monday 22nd,” Mr Vine said.

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