The timing of the Victorian government's new enterprise bargaining agreement with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade is interesting. One can't help but wonder if the government wanted to get this very generous deal done before the November state election.
It has had a controversial relationship with both the professional fire services, and the volunteer Country Fire Authority (CFA). This controversy with the CFA arguably contributed to the Labor opposition narrowly losing the 2016 Australian federal election. On the face of it, it looks like this agreement is designed to neutralise this issue.