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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.
 
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.

 
Once upon a time, universities were all about...

By Gabe Gooding, President of the WA Division of the National Tertiary Education Union.

Many of us remember our university days with fondness, but today’s Uni students are facing a far different experience.

Today they are accumulating debt, which in some cases will be financially crippling for years to come, and are working multiple jobs just to support their studies in this new world of “user pays”… for everything.

 
Now taking Expressions of Interest for the Anna Stewart Memorial Project for 2010

UnionsWA will run the Anna Stewart Memorial Project over one week from Monday 8 November – Friday 12 November 2010. 

The project gives participants information about how unions work, why they exist, what unions are doing about industrial issues that effect working women and a chance to work on their confidence and be a leader in the workplace.

 
The annual Ernie Awards for sexism once again had far too many nominations

There was no shortage of nominations in the "industrial" category of the Ernie Awards for sexism at NSW parliament house on Thursday night with winners being determined in a noisy boo-off by the (female) guests.

This year, the 18th Ernies, the David Jones sexual harassment case has dominated, producing five nominations - though three are actually "Elaines", for comments by women least helpful to the sisterhood.

 
Unions support traditional owners in James Price Point dispute

WA unions are shocked that the Barnett government would attempt to compulsorily acquire land from Traditional Owners at James Price Point in the Kimberley in order to fast-track the building of a controversial gas processing plant. In doing this this, Premier Barnett is bypassing vital processes of negotiation and consultation with Traditional Owners.

The AMWU (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) has put out a statement in support of the Kimberley Land Council  (KLC) and will convene a meeting with the KLC in the coming weeks to consider how the union movement can support the traditional owners in the Kimberley. The full text of the AMWU statement is available here.

GetUp! have also joined the campaign opposing Premier Barnett’s decision to compulsorily acquire James Price Point. You can add your name to the petition and support the campaign here.

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UnionsWA congratulates Prime Minister Gillard
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UnionsWA congratulates Julia Gillard on becoming the first female Australian Prime Minister elected to office.

The peak union body in Western Australia welcomes the decision of Independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott to back the Labor Party in their attempt to form a minority government which now gives the country stability and security to progress on key Government policies such as broadband, climate change, regional infrastructure and education.
 
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