SES workers to strike over pay
By ABC news state political reporter Alison Savage
Victoria’s State Emergency Service (SES) workers have gone on strike as part of a dispute over pay and conditions. The 24-hour stoppage comes after 18 months of negotiations with the State Government. The salaried SES workers, who include incident controllers and senior training staff, say they are paid around $30,000 a year less than staff at the Country Fire authority (CFA).
Jim Walton from the Community and Public Sector Union says around 80 staff will take part in the strike, but public safety would not be compromised. “These are professional people, we did have this strike planned for three weeks ago, unfortunately the weather intervened then,” he said. “If there is an emergency tomorrow we would not be putting the lives of any Victorians at risk, we would return to work,” Mr Walton said.