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Still no Vic firefighter pay deal

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016 By Kaitlyn Offer

The newly appointed CFA board has failed to endorse a deal that would end Victoria's long-running firefighter pay deal dispute.

The board met on Monday but did not sign off on the controversial deal and is expected to meet again on Friday, it has been reported.

In a statement, a CFA spokeswoman said "a range of matters were discussed" at the Monday meeting.

"CFA is continuing to work through the proposed agreement and is consulting with all relevant stakeholders. A decision will be reached in due course," the statement reads.

Earlier on Monday, Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said a resolution to the dispute would be reached "shortly".

"It's rightly with the CFA board now ... the next step is resolution and then off to the commission for certification," Mr Merlino said.

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

They all believed the proposed deal - which the premier pushed through cabinet - gave too much power to the union at the expense of the CFA's approximately 60,000 volunteers.

The Opposition says it's been two months since Premier Daniel Andrews intervened in the CFA dispute and it is still far from over.

"This dispute is far from fixed, in fact, thanks to Daniel Andrews it's never been more of a mess," opposition leader Matthew Guy said in a statement.

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