Skills slump harmed by low apprentice pay and rip-offs

UnionsWA commented on today’s report in The West Australian regarding WA’s skills slump.

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Parenting discrimination an unspoken injustice

UnionsWA today commented issues of pregnancy and parenting related work discrimination as part of hearings held today in Perth by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Barnett a ‘bludger’ on health & safety

UnionsWA has commented on the release today of new data on worker’s compensation showing other States have experienced significant falls in claims, while WA has not.  Today the Legislative Council has taken leave when work health and safety laws need to pass, there are revelations that one in seven Occupational Health and Safety Inspector positions in WA are vacant while workplace inspections are falling.

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WA truckie deaths & injuries getting worse

While in Perth today Dave Oliver, Secretary of the ACTU joined UnionsWA and the Transport Workers Union of WA to call on WA and Australian Governments to do more in response to recent statistics pointing to an increase in road fatalities and serious injuries among truckies in WA.

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WA apprentice pay rip-offs ‘sickening’

UnionsWA today commented on the release by the Fair Work Ombudsman of an audit of WA, SA and NT residential building industry apprentices showing that half of the randomly selected employers in WA failed to comply with pay requirements.

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Employers told: ‘get a life’ don’t cut holiday pay

UnionsWA today responded to the release by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA of a submission to the Economic Regulatory Authority Inquiry into Microeconomic Reform that calls on the Barnett Government to abolish the penalty rates on holidays for low paid hospitality and retail workers.

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ABS shows waged & WA energy costs high

UnionsWA has commented on the recent release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of new data on energy costs for homes and cars shows that WA and working people in general face high costs. 

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Sunday trading off family time

UnionsWA has commented on calls by employers to further extend Sunday trading times and media reports that the Barnett Government is considering options to do so. 

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WA Gender Pay Gap – sexist not sexy

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.

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Serious work injuries continue to rise in WA

UnionsWA today commented on the release by WorkSafe WA of workers’ compensation data showing a continuing rise in very serious work injuries in WA.

 

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