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Talks fail to break emergency services stalemate

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Talks between the Victorian government and emergency service unions have failed to resolve a dispute over superannuation that is threatening to spill into industrial action. Representatives of the three emergency services unions met for 90 minutes with state Finance Minister John Lenders this morning in a bid to break the stalemate over a plan to merge their superannuation fund with the general public service scheme.

But the meeting ended without any progress being made and with the unions more likely than ever to take industrial action.

Police Association Secretary Senior Sergeant Paul Mullett said Mr Lenders was unwilling to take seriously the concerns of police officers, firemen and ambulance workers.

“The talks were extremely disappointing,” he said.

“Finance Minister John Lenders appears to be a kamikaze pilot on a suicide mission.

“We will always keep the door open in terms of a reasonable and fair negotiation process, but our suspicions are that the indecent haste will lead to an erosion of our collective membership’s superannuation benefits.”

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