The lot of a parliamentary staff member can be a tough one -- opening doors for insufferable MPs, hanging around until the wee hours while the state's finest minds debate arcane legislation and distracting nosy members of the media keen to get their mitts on embargoed Ombudsman's reports.

This morning at Victoria's Spring Street asylum about 80 staff are taking protected industrial action in support of their latest enterprise agreement. The Baillieu government is refusing to budge on its pitiful 2.5% pay offer, claiming that "productivity" increases would need to be achieved before a new deal can be green-lighted.