Hundreds of paramedics are expected to converge on the Ambulance Victoria headquarters on Wednesday morning over their industrial dispute.
Ambulance Employees Australia Victorian secretary Steve McGhie said that during last week’s heatwave ambulance services went into “meltdown” and highlighted the inadequacy of resources.
“Even during relatively quiet times, Victoria’s ambulance service is woefully inadequate,” Mr McGhie said.
“However, last week the system went into meltdown.”
A spokesman for Health Minister David Davis said the government inherited an ambulance system in crisis and since coming into office had injected millions to recruit more paramedics in an historic expansion of the state’s ambulance services.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella said it had been negotiating in good faith to reach a meaningful enterprise agreement and wage increase outcome.
He said they remained in voluntary conciliation with the unions and their next meeting was scheduled for the end of this month.
The ambulance union says its paramedics are the lowest paid in Australia and they could go interstate and earn almost $30,000 more for doing the same job.