Ambos, gov to begin talks

MONTHS into protracted negotiations, parties to the state’s ambulance dispute have agreed to a voluntary conciliation process at the Fair Work Commission.

The State Government has issued a statement saying it welcomed the “positive development as the parties will be able to progress EBA discussions in the presence of a Fair Work Commissioner”.

Ambulance Employees Australia (Victoria) secretary Steve McGhie told The Express “following many months of waiting for Ambulance Victoria to agree to provide data and information to the union”, it had now done so, allowing for a set of protocols related to the FWC process to be finalised between the parties.

Parties now need to agree on a Commissioner and schedule dates for the conciliation process which Mr McGhie said could take two to three weeks.