After months of hard negotiations and more than a year after their last agreement ran out, EBA bargaining representatives are close to an agreement with the Department of Health.
Monday, 13 October 2014
The deal sees over 400 staff move to an 18 month agreement where they will receive a pay increase of six per cent from 1 October 2014 and a further 1.5 per cent from 12 March 2016.
Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said that he was pleased for the “dedicated and hardworking” members at Ambulance Victoria, who had to work hard to achieve the agreement.
“We are glad to reach this point after five months of negotiations with the Department of Health.
“We would hope that the Government would now focus on forming an agreement with the paramedics.
“We certainly wish the paramedics all the best in achieving justice for their members.
“This EBA agreement will help the managers and professionals who are responsible for managing ambulance dispatch systems and centres, co-ordinating emergency response to events such as Black Saturday, and managing complex IT systems that ensure that there is an ambulance when you need one. These are the professionals that ensure Victoria has a world-class ambulance service.
“We are glad the Government finally recognised, what the community already knew, Ambulance Victoria staff make a vital contribution to the emergency needs of our state and should be fairly paid for their work.
Minister for Health David Davis congratulated the Ambulance Managers and Professionals Association, as a division of Professionals Australia on the “prompt and professional manner in which it negotiated on behalf of members”.
The deal will now be put to a formal ballot of employees to determine if they are happy with the deal as presented. Members will be able to vote the agreement up or reject the offer. The ballot will be conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission.
Ambulance managers agree to pay deal, Julia Medew, The Age, Read.