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Vic firey pay deal close: Merlino

AAP logoAAP 8/08/2016

Victoria's long-running firefighters pay dispute could soon be over with the emergency services minister and the CFA both suggesting a decision is due.

Minister James Merlino says the CFA has been consulting with Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria and a resolution is expected "shortly".

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

The CFA board met on Monday and discussed the proposed enterprise agreement that many argue will give the United Firefighters Union veto power over operational decisions.

"CFA is continuing to work through the proposed agreement and is consulting with all relevant stakeholders," the CFA said in a statement.

"A decision will be reached in due course."

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.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised to block the CFA deal using the Fair Work Act if he won the federal election.

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.

He says it could be resolved if the premier stopped backing the "terrible" EBA which "risks community safety".

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