Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:12

Commission files submissions to Fair Work Commission on MFB enterprise agreement

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has filed a submission 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.

The submission outlines the VEOHRC's concern that the Operational Agreement contains discriminatory and objectionable 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 in ensuring that employees in our state are not deprived of their legislative protections against discrimination and will take the opportunity to raise them in an appropriate forum.

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.

Media contact

Peter Davies
Mobile:
0447 526 642
Email: Peter.Davies@veohrc.vic.gov.au 

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