Royal Commission needed for work and mine deaths

UnionsWA has called for a Royal Commission to investigate mine and other work deaths in WA following increased in work fatalities in the WA resources sector.  The death of a mine worker at the Birla Nifty Copper Mine has highlighted the need for an independent mines safety body backed by stronger safety laws.

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Photo courtesy of ABC

 

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Real pay cut for working poor “outrageous”

UnionsWA has commented on the release by the WA Industrial Relations Commission of submissions in the State Minimum Wage case.  That case affects an estimated 100,000 minimum wage and State Award reliant workers.  The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA has recommended a wage freeze for the lowest paid while the WA Government recommends a 2.0% increase, well below its increases to essential service fees in the recent State Budget.  

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ABC journalist, Rebecca Carmody, interviews Meredith Hammat on the WA Minimum Wage case.

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Budget - job and service cuts, fees up & an assets garage sale

UnionsWA today commented on the release of the 2015 WA state budget including wide-ranging job and services cuts, huge increases in fees and charges and the sale of public assets.

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May Day - 8 hour day still relevant

As thousands of union members, their family and friends gathered in Fremantle to commemorate May Day, UnionsWA has highlighted that the original purpose of May Day, to secure an eight hour working day, remains relevant. 

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Eight hours work, eight hours rest, eight hours play.

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Workers’ Memorial Day - From asbestos to fly-in fly-out, more prevention needed

Commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day, UnionsWA has today commented on the need to improve occupational health and safety measures with a priority on preventing work deaths and injuries.

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Auditor asbestos report needs a real response

UnionsWA has commented on the release by the Auditor General of the Asbestos Management in the Public Sector report. 

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What is to be done? The future of industrial relations

We live in a time of great debate and discussion about our industrial relations system.

But before outlining my vision of what the future of IR should look like in this country I want to spend a bit of time considering the current debates and issues.

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This article is an edited version of an address by Meredith Hammat,

Secretary, UnionsWA (pictured) to the Chamber of Commerce and

Industry WA The Future of Industrial Relations Conference on 22 April 2015.

 

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Workers' Memorial Day

International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers Memorial Service

Please join us in remembering all workers who have died or been injured in the Workplace.

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Campaign Organisers - Federal Election

UnionsWA is the state’s peak union body and we are working with the National peak Union body the ACTU. We are looking for two (2) enthusiastic and committed organisers initially to work on the federal election campaign. Successful candidates will be based at UnionsWA and employed by the ACTU to implement a national strategy.

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Unions target key Western Australian seats in election campaign

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Unions will target key marginal seats in Western Australia in the lead up to the next election as part of a national campaign to defeat the Abbott Government.

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