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Secure Jobs and Life Campaign Launch
Secure Jobs and Life Campaign Launch
Following the May Day Parade and Fair in Fremantle, UnionsWA today announced details of its Secure Jobs and Life campaign for the September federal election and beyond.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:
“The impact on family and health of insecure jobs and long and irregular hours of work will be a major focus for WA unions for the September federal election and beyond.
“Insecure jobs crowd out life as people have financial fears and are forced to work unpredictable and irregular hours.
“Tony Abbott wants to cut penalty rates meaning work will further invade the weekends and night time for working people.  The low paid will be even worse off.
“Privatisation and out-sourcing means poorer services and less accountability as well as job insecurity for poorly paid carers and other service providers.
“Having privatised the Commonwealth Employment Services when he was a Minister, Tony Abbott has form when it comes to privatisation.  While at the Cabinet table he agreed to WorkChoices.
“Employers and government need to understand that we work to live, not live to work.
“West Australians work hard, based on recent figures from the ABS it is estimated that 90,000 West Australians work overtime without being paid.
“Compared with OECD countries, Australia has the highest average full-time working hours for employees at 44 hours per week while about 129 million days of annual leave are untaken.
“According to the ABS there are currently 227,000 WA working people without holiday or sick leave entitlements at all.  Around half of these are independent contractors.
“Where workers have no access to annual leave or people aren't able to take their leave, tourist and hospitality industries in places like Fremantle, are hit hard.
“Our grassroots campaign will involve unions talking to their members, encouraging them to think about who will deliver secure jobs and income and a fair go for a life outside of work.”
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

Following the May Day Parade and Fair in Fremantle, UnionsWA today announced details of its Secure Jobs and Life campaign for the September federal election and beyond.

 
Memorial Day focus on mental health, work and rising WA suicides
Media Release             29 April 2013
Memorial Day focus on mental health, work and rising WA suicides
On Workers’ Memorial Day, which commemorates those who have been killed or injured through work, UnionsWA has joined with Lifeline WA to call for a greater effort by workplaces to improve mental health and reduce the rising rate of suicides in WA.
Meredith Hammat, UnionsWA Secretary, said:
“Work related fatalities mean that once every three weeks a West Australian leaves for work never to return home.
“Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn occasion, every life matters, but this year we particularly remember those who are often forgotten or not talked about – those who have taken their own life.
“The most recent data from the ABS has found that while Australia-wide rates of suicide have fallen, in WA the figures are rising.  There are many factors that contribute to suicide, particularly poor mental health which can be made worse as a result of workplace stress, bullying or unsociable hours of work and related loss of time with family.
“Governments, employers, unions and community groups can and should work together to put solutions in place.”
Lifeline WA CEO, Fiona Kalaf said:
“We are calling on employers and employees to be aware of mental wellbeing in the workplace.
“In any twelve month period, around one in five people will experience a mental illness and many more will experience some form of emotional crisis.
“While these episodes may not necessarily be caused by the work environment, people will carry them into the workplace.
“By talking openly about emotional wellbeing and by providing ways for employees to connect with appropriate care, we can go a long way together in reducing the stigma formerly associated with mental illness and suicide risk.”
Meredith Hammat is available for comment by contacting Philip O’Donoghue on 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au.
Lifeline WA CEO, Fiona Kalaf is available for comment by contacting Melissa Howie 0438 997 560 or MelissaHowie@lifelinewa.org.au.
Sources:
Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report, November 2012, SafeWork Australia.
3309.0 - Suicides, Australia, 2010
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/latestProducts/3309.0Media%20Release12010
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call Lifeline (13 11 14), Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) or Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years) (1800 551 800)
A guide to media reporting of suicide is available at: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-suicide/quick-guide

On Workers’ Memorial Day, which commemorates those who have been killed or injured through work, UnionsWA has joined with Lifeline WA to call for a greater effort by workplaces to improve mental health and reduce the rising rate of suicides in WA.


Meredith Hammat, UnionsWA Secretary, said:

“Work related fatalities mean that once every three weeks a West Australian leaves for work never to return home.

“Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn occasion, every life matters, but this year we particularly remember those who are often forgotten or not talked about – those who have taken their own life.

“The most recent data from the ABS has found that while Australia-wide rates of suicide have fallen, in WA the figures are rising.  There are many factors that contribute to suicide, particularly poor mental health which can be made worse as a result of workplace stress, bullying or unsociable hours of work and related loss of time with family.

“Governments, employers, unions and community groups can and should work together to put solutions in place.”


Lifeline WA CEO, Fiona Kalaf said:

“We are calling on employers and employees to be aware of mental wellbeing in the workplace. 

“In any twelve month period, around one in five people will experience a mental illness and many more will experience some form of emotional crisis. 

“While these episodes may not necessarily be caused by the work environment, people will carry them into the workplace. 

“By talking openly about emotional wellbeing and by providing ways for employees to connect with appropriate care, we can go a long way together in reducing the stigma formerly associated with mental illness and suicide risk.”


Meredith Hammat is available for comment
Lifeline WA CEO, Fiona Kalaf is available for comment. 

Sources:
Notifiable Fatalities Monthly Report, November 2012, SafeWork Australia.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call Lifeline (13 11 14), Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467) or Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years) (1800 551 800) 

A guide to media reporting of suicide is available at: Mindframe Media Guide

 
International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers
Join us in remembering all workers who have been killed or injured in the Workplace.
When:   10:30 am
Monday, 29th April
Where: Solidarity Park (corner of Parliament Place & Harvest Terrace West Perth)
Remembrance prayer and service to be conducted by Rosemary Hudson Miller.

Join us in remembering all workers who have been killed or injured in the Workplace.
When:  10:30 amMonday, 29th April
Where: Solidarity Park (corner of Parliament Place & Harvest Terrace West Perth)

Remembrance prayer and service to be conducted by Rosemary Hudson Miller.

 
Barnett promise: ¼ mil lowest paid to fall further behind while costs rise
Media Release           8 March 2013
Barnett promise: ¼ mil lowest paid to fall further behind while costs rise
UnionsWA today released its detailed criticism of the Barnett Government’s draft industrial relations legislation and highlighted how proposed changes will lead to a weaker minimum wage system and poorer wage outcomes in the face of rising costs of living.  More than a quarter of a million of the lowest paid rely on the WA Minimum Wage and linked State Awards.  The Bill also proposes to make it easier for employers to make deductions from pays.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary of UnionsWA said:
“Under Barnett’s proposed industrial relations Bill those already poorly paid will fall further behind while costs of living continue to rise.
“More than a quarter of a million West Australians will get poorer Minimum Wages and State Awards.
“Barnett also goes to the WA election proposing to give more powers to employers to make deductions from pay.
“Barnett has previously opposed penalty rates for low paid hospitality and retail workers and has moved WA towards the weakest health and safety laws in Australia.
“Barnett has claimed that the Bill will align WA’s workplace relations laws with the rest of Australia, which is not true.
“In the WA Parliament on 14 November, 2012 Barnett said of this Bill, quote: “no-one will be worse off under this legislation; I can guarantee that”.
“This Bill breaks that promise.
“The Barnett Government’s Green Bill on industrial relations was introduced in the dying days of 2012.
“If he’s real, then he also needs to reject the minimum wage and pay deduction changes of his Bill.
“By the slight of many hands, the WA Minimum Wage will be eroded over time.
“Proposed new criteria will make the ‘capacity to pay’ of very small businesses an important factor in determining wage increases. High and rising costs of living are a fact of life for all working people in WA.
“Further, the WA Industrial Relations Commission may not even hold hearings for minimum wage cases.
“While Federal laws that replaced Work Choices allowed for the unfair pay of women and men to begin to be addressed, this Bill will do nothing about the large and growing gender pay gap in WA, the worst in Australia.
“At the same time as weakening the conditions of the lowest paid in WA, the Bill will restrict the access of working people to the advocacy and whistle-blower role of unions.”
Further information:
The current WA state minimum wage is $627.70 per week.
Quotation from Premier Barnett - Page 8554 of the 14 November Assembly Hansard:
The UnionsWA ‘Response of UnionsWA to the proposed Labour Relations Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2012’ (March 2013) is available upon request.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA today released its detailed criticism of the Barnett Government’s draft industrial relations legislation and highlighted how proposed changes will lead to a weaker minimum wage system and poorer wage outcomes in the face of rising costs of living.

 
New Data: Key trades training down in WA
Media Statement     6 March 2012
New Data: Key trades training down in WA
UnionsWA commented on today’s release by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of data that shows that in the key trades training areas of automotive, engineering and construction WA now has 2,200 fewer apprentices in-training than four years ago.  .
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:
“According to recent data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, compared with when the Barnett Government came to office in 2008 we now have 2,200 fewer people in training for automotive, engineering and construction jobs.
“The message by unions to employers and governments that more need to be done to train and employ young people for skilled jobs has been vindicated by these statistics.
“While overall the numbers of people in low-skilled and short training course has risen, we’re going backwards in meeting the high skill needs of industry and future job security.
“With all machinery and vehicles that need to be maintained as well as construction work going on in WA you’d expect more training in these critical areas.
“In these economically critical skilled trades in the automotive and engineering fields the proportion of the workforce in trade apprenticeships has fallen from 18.3% in 2008 to 12.7% in 2012 and in construction from 23.7% to 19.8%.
“If employers and governments don’t take on apprentices to build highly skilled workforce we will forever be at the mercy of lazy employers who just want to give such jobs to temporary migrant labour.”
WA:  In-training as at the end of each quarter by selected training characteristics, Sept 2008–12 ('000)
Sept. 2008 Sept. 2009 Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012
Technicians and trades workers 23.4 22.0 21.9 22.4 24.0
32 - Automotive and engineering 8.6 7.6 6.9 7.3 7.8
33 - Construction trades workers 5.2 4.6 4.5 4.1 3.8
Proportion of total workforce in-training
September 2008 to 2012, WA
Sept. 2008 Sept. 2009 Sept. 2010 Sept. 2011 Sept. 2012
Technicians and trades workers 13.5% 13.4% 12.8% 13.5% 12.5%
32 - Automotive and engineering 18.3% 15.1% 13.9% 14.6% 12.7%
33 - Construction trades workers 23.7% 21.7% 18.8% 17.9% 19.8%
Sources:
Australian vocational education and training statistics: apprentices and trainees 2012 - September quarter, National Centre for Vocational Education Research http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2604.html. Note: figures included here are sourced from spread sheets found under ‘Data’; ‘State and territory data tables’ (you may have to register – it is free); ‘WA’ tab; ‘Table 9 WA:  In-training as at the end of each quarter by selected training characteristics, 2007–12 ('000)’
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Nov 2012, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/PrimaryMainFeatures/6291.0.55.003?OpenDocument
Note: Figures for training rates apply the standard measure of number in-training (see above) as a proportion of total workforce (ABS).  Total workforce figures are available under: ‘Downloads’;
datacube ‘E08_aug96 - Employed Persons by Sex, Occupation, State, Status in Employment, August 1996 onwards’; Click on SRD to open the ‘Supertable’ file.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA commented on today’s release by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of data that shows that in the key trades training areas of automotive, engineering and construction WA now has 2,200 fewer apprentices in-training than four years ago.  

 
WA women earn $470 pw less than men, worst in Australia
Media Release      21 February 2013
WA women earn $470 pw less than men, worst in Australia
UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of data measuring the gap in earnings between women and men nationally as well as in WA.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary, UnionsWA said:
“Today’s ABS release has the gender pay gap in WA the worst in Australia. On average women in WA earn $469 per week or $24,393 a year less than men.
“This is far worse than the gender pay gap across Australia with women earning $262 per week or $14,000 a year less than men nationally.
“WA is going backwards, the gap is actually getting worse, not better.
“In November 2009 the earnings of men were 24.1% higher than women, now those earnings are 26.9% higher.
“The costs of living in WA are high and rising, so that makes this difference all that more stressful.
“For women to be earning so much less is not good for workplaces, or for relationships between women and men at home or in the community.
“To bridge this gap, we need to do more, especially in WA.
“Employers need to improve their recruitment practices, particularly for women who want to work in non-traditional occupations such as those in the resources sector.
“In traditional occupations held by women such as in health and community services, the pay needs to be better.
“The success of the Australian Services Union in its pay equity case under the Fair Work Act will do much to redress poor pay of community sector workers.
“Our industrial relations system has an important role.
“The introduction by the Federal Government of the paid maternity leave scheme and the proposed new right to request flexible work arrangements such as part time work, are examples of how women can be supported to remain in the workforce.
“We also need to make work more secure. Casual and after-hours work loadings have a role, but security of work and flexible arrangements for work are a better way to go, especially for women.”
Source: ABS release 6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2012 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6302.0Nov%202012?OpenDocument Note: Annual earnings have been calculated by multiplying averaged weekly earnings by 52.  Ordinary weekly earnings for women in WA were estimated at $1,278 and for men at $1,747 in November, 2012.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of data measuring the gap in earnings between women and men nationally as well as in WA.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary, UnionsWA said:

 
Slip, slap, slop not just for kids

In the midst of yet another heat wave, Cancer Council WA and UnionsWA today warned that those who work outdoors daily – almost half a million West Australians – and their employers need to ensure proper protection from the sun.
Cancer Council WA Director of Education and Research, Terry Slevin said:

 
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