29 September 2015
GOVERNMENT URGED TO GET IT’S HOUSE IN ORDER AS INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE OVER PLANNED BURNS THREATENS THE YARRA VALLEY
State Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe has raised concerns about the tactics of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), imposing bans on spring planned burns putting Yarra Valley residents and businesses at risk.
“The AWU is playing with the safety of our communities by banning planned burns and the Minister for Environment is nowhere to be seen,” Mrs Fyffe said.
“I call on the AWU to remove the ban on planned burns immediately.
“Spring is the last chance for carrying out planned burns in preparation for what promises to be a very hot summer driven by a Godzilla El Nino.
“Despite assurances from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the fact is that industrial action will result in delays, scaling back or cancellation of planned burns.
The Australian Workers Union Victorian Secretary Ben Davis has confirmed that it has been more than four months since the state government agreed to sit down at the negotiating table to discuss their Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
Notice was subsequently been given to the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning that a ban would be put in force by the union on planned burns on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“The government is urging residents to get their homes ready, yet this government has failed to get its house in order and resolve this dispute.
“So far all we have is Minister Lisa Neville MIA,” Mrs Fyffe said.
The AWU are also applying an indefinite stop on falling trees for firewood and a ban on cleaning toilets and collecting rubbish in picnic areas.