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CFA trial delayed as volunteers seek docs

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016 Helen Velissaris

A Supreme Court trial over the controversial CFA pay deal has again been delayed as volunteers seek access to more than 1000 documents.

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria will find out on Thursday whether it will be granted access to 1132 documents the CFA claims are privileged.

The volunteer organisation on Tuesday argued it needed the documents for there to be a fair trial.

VFBV is opposing the CFA's enterprise bargaining agreement with the United Firefighters Union on the grounds it includes clauses contrary to the CFA Act affecting volunteers.

Volunteers believe the deal would give the union veto powers over operational decisions including resourcing and equipment.

They argue they weren't properly consulted before the deal was endorsed by a CFA board installed by the state government after it sacked the previous board for opposing the EBA.

The dispute has claimed the scalps of former emergency services minister Jane Garrett, CFA chief executive Lucinda Nolan and CFA chief officer Joe Buffone.

MFB chief officer Peter Rau resigned last week amid suggestions he was bullied by the UFU.

Justice Michael McDonald on Tuesday delayed the Supreme Court trial that was due to start on October 3.

The parties will return to court next week for a mention - after the documents dispute is resolved - with a new trial date yet to be set.

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