Managers at Ambulance Victoria will meet this week to discuss protected industrial action after the Napthine Government offered them an EBA deal that effectively amounted to a pay cut.
Sunday, 7 September 2014
The Ambulance Managers and Professionals Association (AMPA) Director Ms Sharelle Herrington said ambulance managers and staff were ‘extremely disappointed’ by the Government’s hardline approach to forming a new EBA.
“Staff are extremely frustrated that the Government would seek to make an offer that would see their pay fall behind the cost of living.
Under the deal presented by the Napthine Government, over 400 staff at Ambulance Victoria would see their wages fall behind CPI over the term of the agreement.
“These staff take seriously their responsibilities to ensure there is no disruption to ambulance services, however the Government has left them with no choice, but to consider protected action.
“The Government can’t have its cake and eat it too. It is unreasonable to expect staff to continue to deliver a world class ambulance service, without fair and proper pay.
“The Government is holding out on the people that keep our ambulance service ticking. These are dedicated, skilled people that care about the community.
“However, because they get on with the job and are out of the public eye, the Government has presented them with a substandard pay offer. This is simply not good enough – particularly when you consider how much the community relies on the work these people do.
“These staff include operational commanders, managers of call-taking and dispatch centres, complex IT systems and the ambulance fleet. They led Ambulance Victoria’s response to Black Saturday, and are responsible for coordinating operations in major incidents.
“They are not asking for the moon, they are just looking for fair pay.
“We call on the Government to come to its senses, and recognize, as the community does, the vital contribution that staff at Ambulance Victoria make to the emergency needs of our state.
The Ambulance Victoria (Management and Administration Staff) Enterprise Agreement expired almost a year ago on 26 September 2013.
Current pay offers presented by the Government include average annual increases of 2.4 per cent, which is below the government’s own wages policy, and well behind CPI, which is currently running at 3 per cent (June 2013 – June 2014).
Staff will be holding a series of meetings across the state in the week commencing 15 September to discuss the shape and form of protected action.