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Vic fire dispute needs law changes: IPA

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016

Victoria's long-running pay dispute involving CFA firefighters proves enterprise agreements should be limited to the employer-employee relationship only, a conservative think tank says.

The Institute of Public Affairs released a report on Monday backing changes to the federal Fair Work Act in response to the on-going battle between the CFA, volunteers and the United Firefighters Union.

"This would not restrict the ability of unions to raise issues of concern with an employer, but would prevent them from using the system to thwart operational decisions with the backing of the Fair Work Commission," the IPA report says.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won the support of One Nation for his plan to intervene in the Victorian dispute, meaning the federal government's planned changes to the Fair Work Act are all but guaranteed to pass parliament.

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