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UnionsWA congratulates Helen Fitzroy – WA Local Hero of the Year


UnionsWA congratulates mining & safety campaigner Helen Fitzroy on being named WA Local Hero of the Year.

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Unions welcome workers' compensation reforms

Unions have welcomed the passing through the WA Parliament of long-overdue changes to workers’ compensation legislation.

Age discrimination in Western Australia’s workers’ compensation legislation has now been abolished.

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UnionsWA Submission to Harmonised OSH Regulations

National Occupational Health and Safety regulations and several codes of practice have been out for public comment. This closed on Monday 4th April. UnionsWA has put forward a submission to Safe Work Australia.

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Age based limits on workers' comp finally removed

WA unions win long-fought for battle as WA abolishes age-based limits on workers' compensation entitlements.

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 have significantly improved the status of older workers within the State’s workers' compensation scheme with all workers now having the same entitlements to compensation regardless of their age.

Previously the scheme discriminated against older workers by limiting the entitlement of injured workers aged 64 or more to only one year of income payments.

 
Age based limits on workers' comp finally removed

WA unions win long-fought for battle as WA abolishes age-based limits on workers' compensation entitlements.

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Harmonisation Update

Every state in Australia except Western Australia will adopt the national harmonised health and safety laws.

A meeting of state and federal Workplace Relations Ministers held on 11 December 2009 approved the creation of consistent health and safety laws to operate from 1 January 2012 as the Work Health and Safety Act.

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Don't Risk Second Rate Safety

Don't Risk Second Rate Safety
Tougher national health and safety laws are urgently needed to tackle the terrible toll of death, disease and injury for Australian workers. Unions strongly support the move to develop consistent OH&S laws.

Background
At present there are nine different OH&S Laws operating in Australia.  The Federal Government and all the States and Territory Governments have agreed to move towards a simpler more streamlined approach to OH & S law in Australia. In fact, many State governments have already made agreements to deal with cross border issues on OH&S and some aspects of workers compensation law.

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Danger time for workplace incidents is here

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to keep workplace safety in mind when returning to work after the festive season.

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Apprentice 'burned in workplace prank'
AN apprentice motor mechanic has suffered burns in an alleged workplace prank in which a solvent got on his clothing and was ignited.
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Nozzle kills BHP worker at Roxby mine
A worker at BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam mine in South Australia has died after being struck by a large fibreglass nozzle, safety officials say.
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