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CFA pay deal court action on ice, for now

AAP logoAAP 25/10/2016

Volunteer firefighters have dropped their Victorian Supreme Court challenge to a controversial CFA pay deal but the matter could be back before the Federal Court within months.

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria chief executive Andrew Ford on Tuesday said the current challenge was no longer required after the federal government passed laws to protect the role of volunteers in emergency service organisations.

Tuesday's move means the CFA leadership can now put the enterprise agreement to paid firefighters for a vote.

But any clauses that fall foul of the Turnbull government's amendments to the Fair Work Act a fortnight ago could be challenged in the Fair Work Commission and, subsequently, the Federal Court.

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