Labor candidate for McMillan, Chris Buckingham, has publicly spoken about the Victorian Premier’s backing of a CFA union takeover and the challenges the organisation now faces.
Mr Buckingham has ended his silence regarding CFA matters after being approached by several people in his electorate over recent weeks.
“As someone who has been committed to volunteering and a union supporter nearly all my life, I am disappointed by the recent turn of events”, Mr Buckingham said.
“It is vital that the community understand the gravity of the situation and get behind the CFA as they focus on their core business, protecting the community.”
Mr Buckingham expresses his love and respect for the CFA.
He admires their work in the community over many years.
“The CFA have always been there for me and my family”, Mr Buckingham said.
For the ongoing dispute between the state government and CFA to be resolved, Mr Buckingham believes unity between community volunteers and paid firefighters is paramount.
“For the sake of our community volunteers and paid firefighters have to be able to work together.”
“Unions should also be able to argue for fair pay and good work conditions for their members and volunteers should have a voice in the way their organisation is run.”
Daniel Andrew’s backing of a union CFA takeover is reportedly causing damage to Labor’s federal election campaign.
Residents living in rural Victoria including Gippsland are less likely to vote for Labor because of their handling of the dispute and treatment of the CFA.