Ballarat paramedics ready to quit over pay agreement

By Fiona Henderson
Updated November 2 2012 - 1:15am, first published August 21 2009 - 3:32am
Ballarat paramedics ready to quit over pay agreement

BALLARAT'S MICA paramedics will resign on September 9 unless pay negotiations are resolved.In a letter leaked to The Courier yesterday, the paramedics said they would follow the lead of their Melbourne counterparts and hand in resignation letters unless a "satisfactory package of conditions and remuneration" is struck. The letter, addressed to Ambulance Victoria regional general manager Greg Leach, said the action would be taken with "much regret and disappointment"."We wish to reinforce this action is not taken lightly and our aim is to ensure the ongoing professional viability of the MICA service currently delivered to those who are our ultimate employers, the people of Victoria," the letter reads.The ambulance union has struck an enterprise bargaining agreement with Ambulance Victoria and the State Government after 15 months of negotiations but the MICA paramedics believe their specialised skills haven't been properly recognised. MICA paramedics are highly trained in heart attack and road trauma cases."MICA paramedics are passionate about their chosen profession and determined in their stance."We have been proven to provide world-leading results in the areas of trauma management, cardiac arrest outcomes and clinical trials."Ambulance Victoria executive general manager Tony Walker said it was believed the MICA paramedics would withdraw their resignations once the EBA deal was struck.