Ambo deal critical

LOCAL ACTION: This MICA paramedic van, complete with union slogans, was spotted in Faithfull Street.

WRITING on the side of ambulances is the latest weapon in the ongoing paramedic pay dispute.

At least one paramedic vehicle in Wangaratta has had union slogans written on it as the State Government and Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria fight over a pay deal for the next three years.

The union has been pushing for a 30 per cent pay rise over three years, while the government has offered 2.5 per cent per year.

Last week Health Minister, David Davis, said the union needed to come to the table, with last Friday marking 100 days since an offer was made to take the dispute to an independent umpire at the Fair Work Commission.

“It’s time for the union to take politics off the table and instead come to the table at the Fair Work Commission to resolve this matter,” Mr Davis said.

Union secretary, Steve McGhie, said the union had offered to take the government’s 2.5 per cent pay deal, on the proviso the government agreed to consider a productivity report prepared by the union, showing productivity gains that have already been made.

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