This article by AAP was originally published by 9news on 23rd November 2016. Click here to read the original.
Those coordinating Victoria’s ambulance response are paid less than some of the staff they oversee, the union says.
Ambulance Victoria managers and professionals have voted to take industrial action after pay negotiations between them, AV and the Victorian government broke down.
At the centre of the union’s concern is that experienced paramedics are being paid more than their managers.
Ambulance Managers and Professionals Association director Sharelle Herrington says the pay offer in dispute would lead to some clinical support officers receiving up to $27,750 more than their managers.
Because moving up the chain of command would represent a substantial pay cut for senior paramedics, the coordinating, managerial roles are increasingly being filled by junior staff, she says.
“I’m sure they are very good but they are junior,” Ms Herrington told AAP on Wednesday.
“It’s the senior ones with the experience who you want moving into those roles that control an emergency like Monday (the so-called thunderstorm asthma event).”
“Someone said to me it’s a bit like the ambulance services minister, Jill Hennessy, getting less than the backbench MPs.”
Ms Hennessy says she has negotiated pay deals with paramedics, nurses, health worker unions and allied health professionals and is not worried about the potential action from ambulance managers.
“I feel very confident in my record of having resolved industrial disputes,” she told reporters.
“Negotiating in good faith within the confines of government wages policy is our basic frame.
“People are entitled to make a claim about their working conditions and benefits.”
AMPA says their proposed industrial action will include bans on overtime and bans on handing response time data to the government.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy says the potential action isn’t a surprise given Victoria is the “state of industrial action” and is led by a government that “panders to industrial disputation”.