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Vic firey pay deal to return to court

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016

A decision on an application to extend an injunction to stop paid firefighters voting on the controversial CFA pay deal is expected on Wednesday.

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria has applied to suspend the processing of the United Firefighters Union enterprise bargaining agreement because they believe it includes clauses contrary to the CFA Act affecting volunteers.

The VFBV says not enough information had been provided to them before the CFA endorsed the deal on Friday night.

The matter is listed to be heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning.

It took eight weeks for the new board to endorse the deal, after the previous board was sacked by the state government for refusing to send the proposal to a vote.

CFA chairman Greg Smith said there had been changes to the EBA and a statement of mutual understanding between the union and CFA about the operational status of the agreement was in place.

The independence of the chief fire officer would also not be affected, he said.

Volunteer firefighters long-feared the agreement would lead to a union takeover and diminish their role.

CFA management also raised concerns that the deal would give the union veto powers over operational decisions including resourcing and equipment.

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.

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