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UnionsWA is the state's peak union body, representing over 30 affiliated unions and their members.

Representing over 150,000 West Australians, unions provide an opportunity for employees to join together with others in their workplace and their industry and have a say about their pay, their working conditions and about what happens at their workplace.

The idea of working together with other people - in a workplace, in an industry, or in your community, is one of the central driving forces behind unionism. The same principle applies within UnionsWA.

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Community matters - union members protest on the streets of Albany for fair work laws during the your rights at work campaign.

Working as a group, all WA unions speaking together on behalf of their members can provide a stronger and clearer voice when it comes to issues that face working people and their families.

Not Just Workplace Issues

UnionsWA does not just speak on workplace issues. We also liaise with indigenous and ethnic communities, and social justice groups. Because issues facing workers across the globe are common we work with trade unionists from other countries. We are also affiliated to the national peak trade union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

Conservative governments try to portray unionism as old fashioned and unnecessary, but tens of thousands of working people across Australia will tell you something very different - that their union gives them an opportunity to have a say over what they are paid and it gives them some security in their job.

And we plan to continue to do this, well in the 21st century.

 
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