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Premier’s new office opens:“Let them eat cake”
Premier’s new office opens:
“Let them eat cake”
Representatives from public sector unions today attended the opening of Premier Barnett’s new office to question the priorities of his Government.
Meredith Hammat, Acting Secretary UnionsWA said:
“Premier Barnett’s attitude towards ordinary West Australians seem to be “let them eat cake” so we’re presenting him with a gift for his new office, a cake in the shape of a Perth rail car.
“This is to remind him that for the estimated $26 million spent on this new office it would have been possible to purchase two three car rail sets.
“That would have meant less congestion on trains, taken cars off our roads and reduced Perth’s chronic traffic jams.
“There is a long list of other priorities that better reflect the needs of Western Australia.
“Our hospitals have been privatised, there are not enough child protection workers, housing and electricity costs have soared.
“Premier Barnett has just cut the public sector by a further one and a half thousand staff while our population has grown by seventy-three thousand in the past year.
“Yet he finds plenty of public money for building projects in the inner city including $400 million towards the Elizabeth Quay and $1.2 billion on the Burswood stadium as well his new office.
“The priorities of the Barnett Government are wrong.”

Representatives from public sector unions today attended the opening of Premier Barnett’s new office to question the priorities of his Government.

 
Skilled jobs at risk warn TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers
Skilled jobs at risk warn TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers
Unions representing TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers have jointly called for urgent action to ensure that the loss of quality skills training and skilled jobs is reversed.  They have called on the WA Parliament to support the passage of the Skilled Jobs (Benefits from the Boom) Bill 2012, speeches for which commenced in the WA Parliament today.
Anne Gisborne, President, State School Teachers’ Union of WA said:
“The need to act on up-skilling the workforce in WA while supporting the expansion of quality TAFE training is now urgent.
“The WA Government is getting around $4billion a year in mining royalties, more than twice what it was getting when it came to office. But that opportunity is being squandered.
“In the past week we’ve seen rorts in the privatised health sector and school building sub-contractors ripped-off.
“When are we going to learn that public provision of many core services, and skills training among these, is better off in public hands?
“Frankly, when you put a profit motive on many services the outcome is a loss of quality and rip-offs.
“That is what is happening in TAFE in Victoria, and the Government in WA is considering similar measures here but won’t come clean.  The fear is that this is because of the looming State election.
“We need Government action on both sides of the equation – delivery of skilled jobs and quality skills training in WA.
Steve McCartney, Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said:
“We want Parliament to pass this Bill so we can ensure that major resource projects are held to account for their use of local fabricators and taking on apprentices and trainees.
“It’s about being transparent about how those profiting from publicly owned resources ensure a lasting benefit to WA’s economy and community.
“Too often resource companies source from overseas what can be manufactured here. They turn first to overseas labour when they should be training more locals.
“According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research we now have in WA 2,300 fewer apprentices in training in engineering, automotive and construction trades than we did four years ago.
“With all the construction work as well as the machinery and vehicles that need to be maintained you’d expect more training in those critical areas. But in fact we are going backwards.”
Steve McCartney, Secretary of the Australian Metal Workers Union and Anne Gisborne, President, State School Teachers’ Union of WA, are available for comment.

Unions representing TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers have jointly called for urgent action to ensure that the loss of quality skills training and skilled jobs is reversed.  They have called on the WA Parliament to support the passage of the Skilled Jobs (Benefits from the Boom) Bill 2012, speeches for which commenced in the WA Parliament today.

 
Swan brewery closure and redundancies

On behalf of affected workers and their unions, UnionsWA today commented on the announced closure of the Swan Brewery.

 
Campaign targets Barnett’s Bad Decisions
Media Release       14 October 2012
Campaign targets Barnett’s Bad Decisions
The Save Our Services campaign today launched new TV advertisements that target the bad decisions and wrong priorities of the Barnett Government.
Meredith Hammat, President UnionsWA said:
“Frankly the Barnett Government has got its priorities wrong and has made one bad decision after another.
“Premier Barnett finds big money for building projects in the inner city while failing to invest in suburban transport.
“He’s getting around $4 billion a year from mining royalties while increasing electricity prices by more than 62%.
“Premier Barnett has just cut the public sector by a further one and a half thousand staff while our population has grown by seventy-three thousand in the past year.
“And the list goes on, our hospitals have been privatised, there are not enough child protection workers, rents and housing costs have soured.
“Resource booms come and go, the important questions are: where has all the money gone? What have we gotten from the boom?
“We’ve certainly been left with big buildings, big traffic jams and high costs of living.
“These advertisements are a message to Premier Barnett: change your priorities, overturn your bad decisions.
“In the past Premier Barnett has arrogantly dismiss campaigns on behalf of working people by unions.
“Working people deserve to be heard about the decisions that affect them – their costs of living and the services they and their families need.  Government-paid and corporate advertising shouldn’t be the only voices in public debate.”
Low resolution downloads of the advertisements and further information are available from www.saveourservices.com.au.  High resolution versions are available upon request.
On twitter see also #barnettbads and @SaveWAServcies.
Meredith Hammat is available for comment.
For more information contact: Philip O’Donoghue 0417 923 029 or podonoghue@unionswa.com.au
The Save Our Services campaign today launched new TV advertisements that target the bad decisions and wrong priorities of the Barnett Government.
 
New ACTU Secure Jobs Campaign resources
New ACTU Secure Jobs Campaign resources
The ACTU Secure Jobs Campaign has released a ‘Businesses Against Families’ Chaser-style video that can be viewed here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BySDi_AzBo&sns=em) and the new Unions Australia Facebook page is now live – please follow the link and Like it.

The ACTU Secure Jobs Campaign has released a ‘Businesses Against Families’ Chaser-style video that can be viewed here and the new Unions Australia Facebook page is now live – please follow the link and Like it.
 
Labor Public Sector Policy Released
Mark McGowan, Leader of the Opposition today released Labor’s policy on the public sector.  This includes a commitment to support secure employment, stop out-sourcing and privatisation as well as improve career paths and retention.  This will strengthen the public sector and improve services to the public. The policy statement can be found here:

Mark McGowan, Leader of the Opposition today released Labor’s policy on the public sector.  This includes a commitment to support secure employment, stop out-sourcing and privatisation as well as improve career paths and retention.  This will strengthen the public sector and improve services to the public.

The policy statement can be found here

 
Wrong priorities for budget
Wrong priorities for budget
UnionsWA today commented on the State Government announcement that it will reduce the public sector workforce by 1,500.
Meredith Hammat, President UnionsWA said:
“Today’s Budget statement highlights that not enough was made of the resources boom.
“Public services are paying the price for wrong priorities and bad decisions.
“Too much public money is being spent on major building projects in and around the CBD.
“It is folly to park public money into a Future Fund.
“WA needs investment in services such as the dental school program, public transport to reduce traffic congestion and mental health services among others.
“Instead the Government is cutting the public sector workforce by 1,500 while our population continues to grow.
“That can only mean one thing, poorer services for the public.”

UnionsWA today commented on the State Government announcement that it will reduce the public sector workforce by 1,500.

 

 
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