Baillieu Government dragged to pay deal

The Baillieu Government had to be dragged to the negotiating table on the Community and Public Sector Union wages deal, Deputy Opposition Leader James Merlino said today.

Mr Merlino said Mr Baillieu had form moving as “fast as a sloth” when it came to negotiations on wages for police, nurses, the public sector and teachers.

“Mr Baillieu likes to talk about good faith bargaining but each and every time he is dragged kicking and screaming to the negotiating table,” Mr Merlino said.

“And it wasn’t until the intervention of the Premier’s cousin, Marshall Baillieu, that nurses were able to strike a deal.

“The Government is clearly under pressure from community outrage over massive funding cuts to TAFE, the sacking of 4200 public sector workers, and grumblings about Mr Baillieu’s leadership.

“This has given the Premier no choice but to end this protracted and bitter dispute.

“Labor and the community continue to have serious concerns about the impact Mr Baillieu’s public sector job cuts will have on frontline services, particularly in regional and ruralVictoria.”

Mr Merlino said the CPSU had negotiated a deal in the best interests of its members.

“The CPSU should be congratulated for putting Victorians workers first and fighting for a positive outcome for their members.”