The leadership of the ambulance union have ceased their industrial campaign after agreeing to a deal with the new Labor government that seems to be virtually the same as the deal they rejected from the Coalition government. This ends any lingering doubt that the ambulance union leadership were running a campaign against the Coalition government in their own political interests, rather than genuine industrial action in the interests of their members.
At the same time as Mr Andrews was shaking hands with the ambulance union leadership and continuing with his moves to sack the board of Ambulance Victoria, The Age reports that Mr Andrews “would not commit to improving response times within any set timeframe”.
How quickly things change! Just three short days ago, Labor was promising Victorians “Only Labor will fix the ambulance crisis”. Perhaps Labor will now reissue their message “Only Labor will fix the ambulance crisis – NOT”.