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Perverse logic behind the skills shortage

By Chris Walton, CEO, Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers.

Something odd is happening here in the boom state of WA. While historic resource developments such as Gorgon and Pluto are fuelling the entire nation’s economy. However our engineering sector struggles with a problem which can only be described as perverse.

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Is there a Blacklist for Union members?

The ABC recently aired a news story regarding workers in WA being blacklisted by employers because of their actvities in the Union movement.

You can read and listen to that story here.

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Organising Works Graduation 2011

On the 29th of November 49 trainees graduated from the ACTU's Organising Works Program at a ceremony held in Melbourne. 

This now represents in total over 600 participants receiving Cert 1V in Unionism and Industrial Relations since its establishment in 1994.

There were nationally 27 Union branches involved, and a total of 168 training days and 456 assessments marked!

Next year’s Organising Works 2011 is proving to be as popular with 40 branches supporting 60 trainees nationally.

The program will begin in March 2011.

 
Community and unions rally against privatisation in hospitals

Hundreds of health workers and representatives of numerous WA unions took part in a community rally organised by the LHMU and the Health Services Union outside Premier Barnett’s office. The rally was held to demonstrate against the Barnett Government’s plans to privatise services in several public hospitals including the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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WA Firefighter of the Year Award
2010’s WA Firefighter of the Year proudly calls Duncraig Fire Station home.

Station Officer Les Holden who has been at the station for the past five years was recently awarded the state’s top fire fighting award by the Fire Emergency Service Authority (FESA) largely for his efforts in improving the safety of the occupation for his colleagues.
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Executive pays booms while workers struggle

The boom in executive remuneration means CEOs are earning almost 100 times the salary of average workers.
 
A new analysis of remuneration at Australia’s 50 largest companies reveals the typical CEO is taking home almost 100 times that of the average worker.

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Hundreds raise thousands for UnionsWA Pakistan Appeal
Over 200 people joined UnionsWA for their “Popcorn for Pakistan” fundraiser at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge on Thursday November 11 to raise over $4,000 for APHEDA’s Pakistan Appeal.

The money raised will go directly to APHEDA and will help in the rebuilding of Pakistan. The floodwaters may be subsiding, but the situation is just as dire.
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Marginal seat polling reveals privatisation backlash

It is clear that the fight being put up by the Health Services Union and the LHMU in regards to resisting the privatisation of public services is winning over the public.

A WA Opinion Polls poll of 400 voters in the marginal State Government seats of Riverton, Swan Hills, Mount Lawley and Wanneroo has revealed more than 75 per cent of voters oppose Serco running privatised services at Fiona Stanley Prison, with only one in ten supporting it.

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