2017 APHEDA WA Fundraising Dinner

October 14, 2017 at 6pm - 9pm


Good food, good fun, a great speaker, and a complimentary drink on arrival - all in the aid of solidarity with working people in developing countries. Our guest speaker this year is human rights activists from Myanmar, Wai Wai Nu.


Wai Wai Nu is a democracy, human rights, and women’s rights advocate from Myanmar. Deeply moved by the escalating violence in her country, Wai Wai Nu established the Women Peace Network in 2012 as a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s different ethnicities and to advocate for the rights of marginalised women. Part of this work includes campaigning to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities and to improving the human rights situation of her people, the Rohingya.

There will also be an auction to raise money for UnionAid Abroad/APHEDA international projects - so don't leave your wallets at home!

Please join us on Saturday 14th October at the Zoo! There will be free parking at the Richardson St Car park opposite the Zoo. Ferries run from South Perth to Elizabeth Quay until 11.45 pm.

A payment needs to be made in order to receive a ticket and receipt. 

Tickets are $90 per person (includes GST). Table of 10 will be $900. Please note that while no concession ticket rate applies, some unions have indicated that they may be able to assist some current or past members. Contact your union to find out how!


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ACTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Program 2017

November 20, 2017 at 12pm - 12pm


Australian Unions are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and communities to win social and economic justice.

As a key step towards this, the ACTU, UnionsWA and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee believe that providing leadership training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members will encourage them step up to leadership roles within their workplaces, their unions and within their communities.


The goals of the program are:

  • To increase the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists in the union movement;
  • To empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders;
  • To develop potential as future union/union-community organisers;
  • To increase strategic engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and communities.

The program will include classroom training and a one day placement with the participants unions.

There is no cost for this training course; however unions will be responsible for organising any travel/accommodation for regional participants.

Speak to your union about nominating for the Program. Once approved by your union, complete the registration form and we will send you further details about the training and timetable.

Download registration here

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WA gender pay gap better for wrong reasons

UnionsWA has commented on the release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of new data that shows the difference in pay between women and men in Western Australia remains the worst in the country, despite a slight improvement.  In an environment of low wages growth generally, increases in pay for men over the past three years have been about half the increases in the lower wages of women.


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Less work to care important for all


 UnionsWA and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) have today released the WA results of a survey on work and care responsibilities. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has just launched its new campaign to Change the Rules for Working Women & Families. As part of that campaign the ACTU is running a case in the Fair Work Commission seeking to establish a right to reduced hours of work in order to attend to care needs. 

The WA Make It Fair Survey Report is available here.

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WA pay decision a missed opportunity for economy and fairness

UnionsWA has today commented on the decision by WA Industrial Relations Commission in the State Wage Case, which sets wages for around a hundred thousand working West Australians on the WA Minimum Wage and reliant awards including many trainees and apprentices.

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Some justice for work fatality families

UnionsWA today welcomed an announcement by the McGowan Government that it would legislate to increase compensation for families of workplace fatalities.

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Sunday pay cut to cost Perth $79mil yearly

UnionsWA has commented on the release by the ACTU of a McKell Institute report Counting the Cost: The Impact of Sunday Penalty Rate Reductions on Urban Australia (June,2017)”.  The full report is available online here.

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Penalty pay cut to cost regional WA $46.6 mil

UnionsWA has commented on the release by the ACTU of a McKell Institute report “Unfair Burden: The Impact of Sunday Penalty Rates Reduction on Regional and Rural Australia (May 2017)”. 

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Flat public service pay rise will be welcomed by some, but not others

UnionsWA has today responded to the policy announced by the McGowan Government of a flat $1,000 pa pay increase for the public sector workforce.

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Service Review - cleaning up the Liberal mess

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the McGowan Government of a review of services. 

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Workers' Memorial Day


Workers' Memorial Day will be held at 10am on Friday 28 April at Solidarity Park, corner of Parliament Place & Harvest Terrace, West Perth.

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Easter pay cut to cost WA $1.5 million

On the eve of the Easter Long weekend, UnionsWA has today release new modelling by Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) that shows $30 million would be lost to the Australian economy over Easter public holidays if Prime Minister Turnbull goes ahead and cuts penalty rates. The same research estimates lost income over Easter in WA of $1.5 million.

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Unity training