Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:32

Commission seeks to intervene in Fair Work Commission hearing on MFB enterprise agreement

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) sought leave yesterday to intervene in proceedings relating to the approval of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and United Firefighters Union Operational Agreement 2016 (Operational Agreement) at the Fair Work Commission.

VEOHRC is concerned that the Operational Agreement contains discriminatory terms that prohibit or restrict part-time work for operational firefighters within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. These terms are unfair and unfavourable towards employees that seek to work part time, including women, parents, people with a disability and carers. They will unfairly limit both men and women’s choices about their roles in parenting and family life, and will actively undermine women’s participation in Victoria’s operational fire services.

VEOHRC’s role under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 is to identify and eliminate discrimination and to promote equality.

VEOHRC has an interest to ensure that employees in our state are not deprived of their legislative protections against discrimination. 

VEOHRC has the power, with the leave of a tribunal such as the Fair Work Commission, to intervene in matters involving issues of equality of opportunity, discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.

The hearing of the application to intervene was adjourned yesterday (Tuesday 29 May) until 2.30pm tomorrow (Thursday 31 May).

This statement is attributable to Commissioner Kristen Hilton.

Media contact

Kat O'Shea
Mobile: 0459 114 657
Email: kat.o'shea@veohrc.vic.gov.au

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