Work health safety laws delayed while WA deaths rise

UnionsWA today criticised the Barnett Government for holding yet another consultation process over work health and safety law reform.

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Media Release: Pregnancy Discrimination Widespread in WA Workplaces

UnionsWA today commented on the Perth presentation by Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, on the National Review into Pregnancy and Return to Work.

The report found that one in every two Australian women face pregnancy discrimination at work.  32% of mothers who experienced discrimination due to pregnancy either sought other work or resigned and 18% where dismissed, made redundant or had their jobs restructured during pregnancy.

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WA work deaths worsen while Australia improves

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by SafeWork Australia of its ‘Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australian 2013’ report which shows that work deaths in WA have risen for the first time since 2006, while nationally there have been falls over the past eleven years.

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Please sign the MUA petition, asking the Senate to stop the issuing of Maritime Crew (subclass 988) visas to foreign workers.


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Rheem Clean Energy Job Losses

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The Conservation Council of WA and UnionsWA today commented on the announcement by Rheem that it will cease manufacturing in WA, with a loss of 100 jobs, many for producing solar heating products.

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Barnett weekend pay cut clashes with WA Minimum Wage & Award decision

UnionsWA has commented on today’s decision by the WA Industrial Relations Commission in the State Minimum Wage case.  That case affects an estimated 100,000 minimum wage and State Award reliant workers.  UnionsWA also criticised the recent announcement by Premier Barnett that his government proposes to legislate to cut weekend and after-hours pay. 

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Welcome but warning on asbestos move

UnionsWA today welcomed an announcement by the WA Government that it has referred to the Law Reform Commission a review of compensation laws for victims of asbestos but warned that delay and detail will be key to securing justice.

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Worst WA training fall for five years

UnionsWA today commented on the latest release by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of apprentice and trainee numbers in WA that show the fall in numbers to be the worst for five years.  Recent state budget increases to training fees and funding cuts to TAFE are likely to hasten this decline.

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Hotel owner low wage pay freeze “extreme greed”

UnionsWA today commented on submissions made public in advance of the WA State Minimum Wage case including the call by the Australian Hotels Association (WA) for the minimum wage to be frozen in WA.

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Busting Budget Myths

How can it be that WA has a first rate economy but second rate government finances?

Many hold as faith that the downgrading of the financial ratings for the WA Government is the result of Canberra ripping off our GST and there being too many over-paid public sector workers.

But are these views based on myth or reality?

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