Kamis, 21 Agustus 2014

Victorian ambos to impose more work bans (AAP)

Victorian paramedics will impose more work bans as part of their long-running pay dispute.

Hundreds are rallying at Trades Hall in Carlton on Friday as their battle over better pay and conditions passes its second anniversary.

The ambulance union's state secretary Steve McGhie told the rally that Fair Work Australia had given the union the right to impose 27 more work bans as part of their fight.

The bans include taking media and politicians out with crews, recording data on paper and not electronically, and other administrative bans.

Mr McGhie said the government's claim of a 12 per cent pay rise over three years was a lie, because paramedics had not had a pay rise since 2011.

He said Victorian paramedics were paid up to $20,000 a year less than counterparts in other states.

"All we're asking for is that you be recognised like paramedics in other states and be paid the same, or similar, or better," he told the rally.

Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the dispute was disappointing because it had become political.

"I'm very disappointed that the leadership of the ambulance union are so close to the Labor party, and so close to Trades Hall, that they seem to be interested in dragging this thing out until the election for political purposes rather than doing the right thing by their members," he told reporters on Friday.

"As recently at this week there was commentary in the press from a paramedic saying that they thought the pay deal was pretty good."

He said the issue of work conditions was being sorted by Fair Work.

"Why won't the union leadership accept the umpire's decision?" Mr O'Brien said.


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