The MFS has today released Memorandum 74/2020 requesting the removal of UFUSA campaign materials.
We reiterate our advice in Wordback No 41 (here) that if you or another member receive a request or instruction from management to take any action contrary to the industrial campaign actions, you are advised to:
- respectfully decline;
- assert that you support the union’s campaign to secure much needed additional resources for the MFS; and
- assert that management should be supporting firefighters and the union’s campaign.
The union will support you in this action.
The solidarity of all members with respect to this campaign has been outstanding and must continue to be so if we are to be successful in our campaign.
It seems ridiculous that the MFS is happy to send out fire appliances knowing that they are often nowhere near properly fit for service, yet appears to be more worried about signs which bring to the attention of the public the shortcomings of the Marshall Government’s lack of funding of the MFS.
We reassure members that the MFS is prohibited from discriminating against any employee for participating in the UFUSA’s current industrial action. This means if your chain of command requires you to do something that has been banned or limited by the UFUSA or penalise you in some other way in the carrying out of your duties, the MFS may be liable for a fine of up to $20,000.