VICTORIAN paramedics, including those from Wodonga, are speaking out about their pay dispute with the state government via messages painted on the windows on front and rear of their ambulances.
The paramedics are seeking a 30 per cent pay rise over three years, bringing them in line with their interstate counterparts.
They say their “war-chalking” is a way of letting their feelings be known to both Ambulance Victoria and the government which has a public sector wage limit of 2.5 per cent a year plus productivity gains.
But the practice has drawn criticism from Ambulance Victoria which says the “war-chalking” is not considered protected industrial action and the writing on the windows might compromise safety and create a negative impact on community confidence in the service.
The paramedics dispute those claims, arguing their latest campaign focus comes after politicians voted themselves a pay rise.
Their move was always going to upset Ambulance Victoria and Spring Street, who would perhaps be better advised to find a way to break the impasse between them and the paramedics and end a dispute that has been going for far too long.