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New year, same Vic firefighters dispute

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017

Victoria's seemingly endless firefighters dispute has ramped up again in the new year with the union demanding public funding and arranging a rally against the state government.

The United Firefighters Union will stage a rally at parliament house on January 19, to complain about unresolved agreements on pay and conditions, and the Andrews government's failure to deliver on election promises.

The union says it is unacceptable an enterprise bargaining agreement has not been reached despite more than three years of negotiations between the government, the CFA, the MFB, and volunteer and career firefighters.

"Additionally, pre-election and post-election commitments have not been delivered," the UFU's first bulletin to members for 2017 says.

The union says in a statement on Thursday it has asked the CFA for the same level of funding as the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria gets from the CFA and state government.

UFU secretary Peter Marshall says the union deserves the funding because, like the union, the VFBV is "acting as an industrial body" and performing industrial advocacy.

"Why should career firefighters, who are being dragged into these disputes by the VFBV, be forced to pay excessive legal expenses whilst the VFBV are given a free ride, at the taxpayers' expense," he says in a statement.

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