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BHP Billiton attracts international scrutiny at AGM
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:19

Joint Media Release: Conservation Council of WA and UnionsWA

Western Australia’s peak environment group, UnionsWA and Indigenous representatives will draw attention to widespread community opposition to BHP’s Australian uranium mining plans and will highlight  BHP’s failure to meet its own human and environmental standards overseas as the company holds its AGM in Perth today.

Employees required to work on Christmas Day must get penalty rates, say unions
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 18:11

 A push by big business to prevent employees from being paid penalty rates for working on Christmas Day is Scrooge-like and would set a bad precedent, say unions.
The ACTU said it would oppose any attempt by employers to eliminate penalty rates on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s days for employees, such as nurses, police, ambulance officers and restaurant and hotel staff, who are required to work on the public holidays.

Ghoulish Resurrections aren't limited to Halloween
Friday, 29 October 2010 17:53

By Simone McGurk, UnionsWA Secretary.

Many West Australians will enjoy Halloween on Sunday, but they should be careful of some lurking undead policies which will need more than a few lollies to keep them at bay.

Federally, Peter Reith was exhumed this week and was quick to help in the ghoulish efforts of the Coalition to resurrect Work Choices.

LHMU media release: Hospital support workers propose arbitration to resolve dispute & Government announces private company to run Fiona Stanley
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:00

While the Barnett Government is reluctant to even negotiate with low paid hopspital support staff over a small wage increase, they have no qualms handing over the running of our hospitals to multi-national companies...

From the LHMU: Hospital support workers have proposed having their dispute with the government resolved in arbitration hearings at the West Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

The workers want the independent umpire to resolve the two key issues in their dispute  – their pay and the Barnett government’s privatisation agenda.

Stop Job Cuts Campaign at UWA Continues
Thursday, 14 October 2010 16:30

Media Release    5  November 2010

Members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) believe their campaign against staff cuts at the University of Western Australia is gaining momentum and will now seek to increase support by reaching out to the wider community.

Staff members of UWA have been spreading their message with regular early morning protests on Stirling Hwy and now plan to expand their efforts through a leafleting campaign as well as an online petition.

“Members believe that proposed and recently implemented cuts across the University could have a serious impact on workloads for staff and therefore on the quality of education for students,” Dr Jamie O’Shea, NTEU UWA Branch President said.

 “Our members believe that the “rank and yank” methodology being employed in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is not only cruel but is fundamentally flawed. It has little to do with strategies for the future and is being run to shed staff.

“This is at a time when student enrolments are increasing and student staff ratios are blowing out. It simply does not make any sense to be making such substantial staff cuts. The NTEU wants to give the wider community the opportunity to express their concerns about what is happening at UWA.”

The Thursday early morning protests will continue and the NTEU will be taking its message beyond staff and students by distributing leaflets in the wider community.

There is also an online petition: that the NTEU is encouraging supportive members of the wider community to sign.
For more information contact: Stephen Kaless, Media Officer, UnionsWA 0417 923 029


Overseas firms reap rewards of WA boom
Thursday, 14 October 2010 12:10

By Simone McGurk, UnionsWA Secretary.

That "the workshops will be full" could well end up being one of Premier Colin Barnett's poorer predictions about the resources boom.

Research show us that in the past three years more than $860 million in projects in the mining sector have been awarded to overseas companies. In the oil and gas industry that figure rises to $7.7 billion.

Work-Life Balance: Have you got it right?
Thursday, 07 October 2010 10:59

By Simone McGurk, UnionsWA Secretary.

Thursday the 7th of October is the third annual World Day for Decent Work (WDDW).

A decent life – including a balance between work, rest and recreation and having the financial security to look after ourselves and our families – is inextricably linked to decent work making it essential that we recognise the importance of this day.

This year, millions of people around the world are feeling the continuing impacts of the Global Financial Crisis compounded by the austerity measures currently being implemented by many Government’s in response.

University Union Opposes WA Government’s Compulsory Acquisition of Land
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 16:37

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has voted unanimously to support the traditional owners of James Price Point in their opposition to the Barnett Government’s compulsory acquisition of land for the Kimberley Gas Hub.

Why a business-community climate change coalition just might work
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 15:19

The CEO of BHP has surprised us by signaling his support for a carbon tax and a future beyond coal powered electricity that leads, rather than follows, the rest of the world. Its bolder talk than what we have seen from either of the major political parties.

Kloppers’ decision to play a role in the climate change debate demonstrates how the complexity of a hung parliament may provide more opportunities for leadership from outside of it ranks. It also opens the possibilities for how diverse coalitions on the issue of climate change could take Australia to a more climate friendly future.

AMWU Media Release
Monday, 06 September 2010 14:43

The AMWU (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) is warning that the James Price Point Gas Hub in WA must be built with the agreement and good will of Kimberley Aboriginal communities and the Kimberley Land Council (KLC).

AMWU WA Secretary, Steve McCartney said the West Australian Government will fail the WA public and Indigenous communities if the process of compulsory land acquisition at James Price Point continues.

“Until such a time that an agreement exists, the Barnett Government will not achieve union support for the project,” he said.

Howard visit highlights the history of WorkChoices
Monday, 16 August 2010 16:50

The visit of former Prime Minister John Howard to Perth should remind West Australian workers of the enthusiasm that both he and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott shared for WorkChoices.

“The return of John Howard should provide West Australian workers with a stark history lesson,” UnionsWA secretary Simone McGurk said.

The West Australian Liberal leader Colin Barnett and his federal counterpart Tony Abbott are hiding a secret plan to bring back WorkChoices for West Australian workers say unions
Monday, 09 August 2010 11:10
More than 300,000 West Australian workers are in danger of losing penalty rates, overtime pay, public holiday pay and their protection from unfair dismissal from the WA Government’s planned industrial relations changes.

The President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Ged Kearney (pronounced ‘Jed’) will today join WA workers in a protest outside Colin Barnett’s Perth office calling for the release of the plan.
Soon after the Barnett Liberal Government was elected it commissioned a review of Western Australian workplace laws by former Howard Government lawyer, Steven Amendola.
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Images from the protest at Governor Stirling Tower including Ged with some WA workers and representatives from a number of unions.
It's simple: To end the fear, release the report
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 14:42

UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk has responded to claims by WA Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion that the unions are ”scaremongering “ in regards to the Barnett Government’s efforts to bring in WorkChoices style laws by repeating her call for the Amendola report to be released.

“If the Minister is so concerned about voters being scared he should simply release the Amendola Report. It’s his Government’s refusal to release the report, written by a key architect of the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, that has workers concerned, not our efforts to bring some transparency to the issue,” Ms McGurk said.

Swan slams WA govt over IR
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 13:59

Treasurer Wayne Swan has accused the West Australian state government of threatening to "go down the road" of bringing back the worst aspects of Work Choices.

The Barnett government has been accused by the unions and state Labor of sitting on the Amendola report into state industrial relations which they claim recommends the introduction of Work Choices-style laws.

UnionsWA calls on release of Amendola report
Friday, 23 July 2010 16:41

UnionsWA calls on the Barnett Government to release the Amendola report into State Industrial Relations in order to clarify what plans are being made to the State’s work place laws.

With Tony Abbott’s claim that WorkChoices was to be “dead, buried and cremated” already looking shaky there are concerns that a Coalition Federal Government would be complicit with the efforts of the Barnett State Government to bring back WorkChoices in WA.

UnionsWA stunned by Coalition immigration plans
Friday, 23 July 2010 16:08
UnionsWA is amazed at comments by Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison that the Coalition would seek to cut the number of skilled migrants allowed into Australia.

Speaking this morning in Canberra, Mr Morrison said the Opposition has promised to cut skilled migration and wants the Productivity Commission to determine an appropriate level.
UnionsWA calls for an end to the ABCC
Monday, 19 July 2010 17:41

UnionsWA supports the rally for construction worker Ark Tribe and calls the abolition of the ABCC (The Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commission).

Tribe’s is set to resume at an Adelaide Court tomorrow after he refused an order from the ABCC to attend a hearing into the legality of a stop-work meeting.

Important voting information for regional workers
Friday, 09 July 2010 11:12

Once the election is called, voters could have as little as a few hours to ensure  that their enrolments are correct.

 “It’s important to note that any time you change address, you need to update your enrolment details.”

And it’s a simple process. Visit the AEC Web site at and follow the three easy steps.

“If people aren’t sure whether they are enrolled to vote, they can simply complete an enrolment form on-line and send the completed, signed form to any one of our offices,” says Mr Kramer.

Enrolment forms can also be accessed from any Australia Post outlet, Medicare or Centrelink office and any AEC Divisional Office.

The AEC is making a range of options available to ensure all Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) workers have the opportunity to vote if they cannot attend a polling place on polling day.

A fairer share for all Australians
Friday, 02 July 2010 16:51

UnionsWA believes the new Minerals Resource Rent Tax will help provide the building blocks for a fairer Australia and give ordinary Australians a greater share of the profits generated by the exploitation of the country’s non-renewable resources.

The peak union body in WA argues the $10.5 billion windfall will provide vital infrastructure across the country and particularly in WA mining communities which to date have been largely overlooked in terms of development despite the huge profits generated by nearby resource projects.

UnionsWA congratulates Julia Gillard
Friday, 25 June 2010 11:51

Media Release: June 24

UnionsWA congratulates Julia Gillard on becoming Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
Today represents a great day for all Australian women and her promotion will offer voters a stark contrast at the next election between her and current Liberal Leader Tony Abbott.

We welcome her opening remarks regarding her commitment to protect the rights at work for ordinary Australians against Tony Abbott’s evangelical determination to restore Work Choices.

UnionsWA would also like to thank Kevin Rudd for his contribution to Australia, and his leadership over the past three years. Kevin Rudd’s apology to Indigenous Australians, the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, the scrapping of the proposed Work Choices legislation and his victory on paid parental leave stand out amongst the notable achievements during his time in office.

It’s about time: unions welcome the passing of the Paid Parental Leave scheme
Friday, 18 June 2010 10:09

17 June 2010
Unions and workers in WA and across the country have today welcomed the passing of the Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme into legislation.

The 18 week government-funded scheme will help ease the financial and emotional pressures many parents face during the crucial first months after the birth of a child. The scheme also brings Australia closer in line with the rest of the world in regard to paid parental leave.

UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk applauded the decision whilst acknowledging that it was long overdue. “This decision is fantastic news for working Australians. For far too long, many Australian families have really struggled financially during those first crucial months after the birth of a child so we welcome this assistance.”

“Unions and working Australians started this campaign over 30 years ago and we still require stronger legislation in this area but we are certainly celebrating this win today."

Low wage workers left behind in state wage decision
Friday, 11 June 2010 16:30

Media Release         11  June 2010

Low wage workers around WA will be angry and disappointed with the WA Industrial Relations Commission’s decision to increase the state minimum wage by only $17.50, says UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk.

‘With energy prices going up over winter’, said Ms McGurk, ‘this decision is a slap in the face for employees and their families who are struggling to make ends meet’.

WA is a prosperous state, as demonstrated by recent labour force figures showing that unemployment has fallen to 4.1%. 

‘All WA workers, including the low paid, should be able to benefit from an economic recovery’, said Ms McGurk. ‘When are the low paid going to start getting ahead, if not during times like these?’

Last year the WAIRC delivered only a $12.30 a week increase to the state minimum wage, and even that was delayed for three months.  The 2010 decision represents an increase of 3.1%, lower than the WA current rate of inflation of 3.4%. 

Low paid winners under federal wage decision
Thursday, 03 June 2010 13:44

03 June 2010

WA’s peak union body UnionsWA has welcomed a decision by Fair Work Australia to increase minimum wages by $26 a week.

The first decision from the new Fair Work Australia Minimum Wage Panel is particularly welcome after last year’s wage freeze, a decision made under the WorkChoices system.

The decision last year to give no increase was made in response to employer claims about the threat of unemployment posed by the GFC.   We know now that WA experienced very little of the global financial downturn yet WA minimum wage workers under federal laws have seen no wage increase for two years.

“It is estimated that there are 38,500 West Australians who work full-time but only earn between $500 and $600 a week, “ UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said. “These people and their families will welcome this increase as they try to keep up with rising energy and housing prices.”

Unions argue for catch up for state’s lowest paid
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 17:08

Media Release 1  June 2010

WA’s peak union body UnionsWA has argued for a $31 per week pay rise for the state’s lowest paid, saying that the increase must protect workers from rising costs of living.

The union claim for a $31.33, or a 5.5% increase in the WA minimum wage addresses the need to compensate for higher costs of living in WA, particularly increases in utilities and housing. The case was heard in the WA Industrial Relations Commission today.

Peel Health Campus locks out workers over t-shirts
Monday, 24 May 2010 12:50

Media Release - May 24

Earlier today, Peel Health Campus carried out its threat to lock out workers who wore t-shirts over their uniforms while trying to work at the hospital.

Health support workers and enrolled nurses, who have not had a pay rise in 18 months, were told by management they would be ejected if they tried to wear the t-shirts on the wards. The t-shirt in question has the message “Lowest paid hospital worker in WA. Privatisation Stinks!”

The workers, who included kitchen staff, cleaners, enrolled nurses, patient care assistants and orderlies, decided not to take the t-shirts off and walked out of the hospital.

State budget lacks vision and abdicates responsibility
Thursday, 20 May 2010 16:32

Media Release   20 May 2010
State budget lacks vision and abdicates responsibility

WA unions say the State budget highlights a lack of vision on the part of the Government and a desire to abdicate responsibility for the provision of essential services, and for the general welfare of the WA community.

While the budget’s additional funding for workforce training places is very welcome, the Government’s plan to shift the delivery of essential services from the public sector to community organisations, charities and churches gives it every appearance of trying to avoid accountability for service delivery.

UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk has said that public services must remain accountable to the public that they are established to serve. “Passing responsibility for delivering essential services on to charities and community organisations is just not acceptable. These organisations are often staffed by low paid workers and volunteers and they should not be expected to be accountable for services that are properly the responsibility of government.”

Union membership on the increase in WA and across the country
Thursday, 13 May 2010 08:16

WA’s peak union body has welcomed ABS figures released today that show union membership has increased by almost 20% in WA in the year to August 2009.

Union membership is now at 17.2% of WA employees - an increase in density of nearly 3%. This is up from 14.3% in August 2008. Nationally union density has risen to 20%.

The ABS figures also demonstrate that union members continue to earn more on average than non-union members. The mean weekly earnings around Australia for union members are $145 higher per week than for their non-union counterparts.

Spending on health and vocational training welcome
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 18:38

Media Release   11 May 2010
WA’s peak union body has welcomed key elements of the federal budget around health spending and skills development.

“The big challenge for the Labor Government was to balance the urgent need to take action on health and training with their commitment to return the budget to surplus,” UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said in response to the 2010 federal budget.

“More money into health, particularly primary health care, is good.  We urge the Barnett State Government to work to maximise cooperation with the Federal Government  to deliver these funds to WA.”

“We also welcome increased spending on vocational skills – a crucial area for Western Australia, where too often the discussion is around importing skill rather than making sure we harness current job opportunities for young people.

West Australians are ready to fight again to keep their rights at work, say unions
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 12:52

West Australians cannot afford to go backwards in rights at work from a Federal Coalition plan to revive WorkChoices, say unions.
ACTU President Sharan Burrow visited Perth to warn workers and unions of the dangers posed to working West Australians and their families by Tony Abbott’s commitment to hardline industrial relations policies.
Ms Burrow said it was essential for working Australians to build on the advances made since the last Federal election and avoid a return to WorkChoices.
Under WorkChoices, hundreds of thousands of West Australians lost protection from unfair dismissal, and Australian Workplace Agreements were used to cut pay and conditions.

Unions call for state govt to end age discrimination
Thursday, 08 April 2010 08:49

WA unions have called for an end to the current discrimination which limits workers’ compensation payments for workers over 65.

The State Government is finalising a review into the state workers’ compensation legislation and  unions are calling on the Government to  take the opportunity to end current provisions which limit insurance payments for workers aged over 65. 

“This is an important practical step the State Government can take to encourage older workers to stay in the labour force,” UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said today.

Buswell’s budget-management credibility shattered again
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 12:16

Treasurer Troy Buswell’s budget-management credibility has been shattered again by revelations that he has allowed the cost of his review into the State’s industrial relations system to blow out by more than 60 per cent.
Documents obtained by UnionsWA under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws reveal that Mr Buswell failed to put a contract in place to manage the cost of the review, which was performed by Melbourne based lawyer Stephen Amendola.  Without a contract in place, the cost of the review blew out from the $500,000 verbally quoted by Mr Amendola to more than $850,000.
UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said that Mr Buswell’s scant regard for taxpayers’ money would be deeply offensive to workers providing health, education, child protection and other essential public services, who Mr Buswell has savaged through his arbitrary 3 per cent budget cuts.

Government drops the ball and exposes workers and public to asbestos in Government buildings
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:49

Up to 50 State Government agencies have failed to properly identify and manage asbestos in Government buildings, leaving open the possibility of exposure of the deadly material.

Despite this, a cross-Government group established to ensure Departments properly identify and manage asbestos has been wound up under the Barnett State Government.

Asbestos bungle on Barrow leaves hundreds of workers exposed
Thursday, 21 January 2010 11:52

Gorgon leading partner Chevron has conducted medical checks on hundreds of workers after possibly exposing workers during a bungled clearing of asbestos on Barrow Island.

Samples taken from where workers were loading and unloading containers have proved positive to the deadly blue and white asbestos fibres.

IR cost blowout as Government services starved of cash
Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:00

The cost of Treasurer Troy Buswell's review of Western Australia's industrial relations system blew out by more than $200,000 in just two days, according to information obtained under Freedom of Information laws.

Barnett Government opts to protect employers, not safety for WA workers
Friday, 18 December 2009 14:19

Every state in Australia except Western Australia will adopt national harmonised health and safety laws.


"The only provisions which Troy Buswell has said they will not support in the harmonsised health and safety laws are those to benefit employers," UnionsWA Simone McGurk said.  

Barnett Government declares war on public sector workers and services
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 16:48

The report of the Economic Audit Committee released by Treasurer Troy Buswell today confirms that the State Government has declared war on its own employees and the vital services they provide to the community.

Unions unite to fight State Government assault on public sector workers and services
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 09:23

For the first time in almost ten years, delegates from Western Australia's public sector unions have come together to defend WA workers from a hostile State Government.

More than 200 delegates from unions representing health, education, community safety, child protection and other public sector workers met to discuss the State Government's ongoing assault on public sector workers and services.

Buswell Must Come Clean on Planned Industrial Relations Changes
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 09:24

UnionsWA today demanded that Treasurer Troy Buswell release the recommendations of his $635,000 review into Western Australia's industrial relations laws, so that 300,000 workers could have certainty before Christmas.

New ad slams State Government services cuts
Thursday, 08 October 2009 17:05

Thursday 8 October 2009

UnionsWA will today launch a new 30 second television commercial slamming the effects

the introduction of WorkChoices-style changes to Western Australian workplaces would have

on the delivery of health, education, policing, child protection and other public services in


300,000 workers say No WorkChoices in WA!
Friday, 25 September 2009 17:08

UnionsWA today launched its No WorkChoices in WA campaign to protect the wages and conditions of 300,000 Western Australian workers, which are under serious threat from the State Government.

Maximum Confusion at Near Fatality Pluto LNG Site
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 14:52

A near miss fatality on the Pluto LNG site caused maximum confusion yesterday when various safety regulators denied jurisdictional responsibility.

The confusion put at risk proper investigation on the accident-prone site.

Another worker dies in WA – reported fatalities only the tip of the iceberg
Friday, 17 July 2009 13:06

A 62-year-old man died while working at a transport depot in Karratha yesterday. UnionsWA believes the man was employed as an operator by N & L Transport. The death occurred at N & L Transport’s yard in Coolawanya Way, Karratha.

Uranium mine plan needs a real nuclear test: Environment groups; Unions call for public inquiry
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 15:30
26 June 2009
Leading environment, trade union and public health groups have combined in a call for
the state government to conduct a dedicated public inquiry into controversial plans for
uranium mining in WA.
Uranium mine plan needs a real nuclear test:
Friday, 26 June 2009 11:35

Environment groups; Unions call for public inquiry


Leading environment, trade union and public health groups have combined in a call for the state government to conduct a dedicated public inquiry into controversial plans for uranium mining in WA.


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Coalition should come clean on work laws
Friday, 30 January 2009 10:54
UnionsWA has called on the federal Coalition to clarify its position on Australia’s work laws, after conflicting
messages from Liberal MPs about their agenda on work laws.
ABCC rally goes ahead
Monday, 08 December 2008 13:14

WA unions have decided to proceed with the rally against the Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC), despite the dropping of charges against CFMEU official Noel Washington.

Turn the Tide
Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:53

New industrial relations laws introduced into Federal Parliament will give working Australians the fundamental right to collectively bargain for better wages and conditions.

Campaign Silence on IR Laws Dishonest
Sunday, 09 November 2008 15:42

The WA minister responsible for industrial relations, Troy Buswell, has announced significant changes to work laws affecting up to 150,000 WA workers, but refuses to give detail.

WA Government must seek emissions trading compensation at COAG
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 15:43

UnionsWA is urging the WA Government to seek emissions trading compensation at tomorrow’s COAG meeting in Perth. The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in 2010 will impose an estimated cost of $160 million on the State’s budget.

Emissions Trading
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 08:51

WA Government must seek emissions trading compensation at COAG

UnionsWA is urging the WA Government to seek emissions trading compensation at tomorrow's COAG meeting in Perth. The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in 2010 will impose an estimated cost of $160 million on the State's budget.

Paid Maternity Leave
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 08:49

18 weeks paid maternity leave a good start

UnionsWA today welcomed the Productivity Commission's draft recommendation for 18 weeks of paid maternity leave.

"The Commission's recommendation finally puts us in the same ballpark as other OECD countries", said UnionsWA Secretary Dave Robinson.

"What is disappointing is that employer groups are crying foul over the recommendation that they pay the leave and recoup the cost from the government.

Mum's Rights at Work
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 15:45

“18 weeks paid maternity leave a good start”, Unions say.

WA Voters in the Dark About Where the Liberal Party Stands on Job Security and Rights at Work
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 15:47

Liberal leader Colin Barnett has admitted that he will not be producing an industrial relations policy before the election, leaving 200,000 WA workers in the dark over their rights at work.

BHP Imposes New Workplace Agreement
Friday, 25 July 2008 15:24
When is an AWA not an AWA? When it’s the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Employee Workplace Agreement 2008.
Unions Win Decent Increase for Low Paid
Monday, 09 June 2008 15:28

WA Unions has achieved a major victory for low paid workers when the WA Industrial Relations Commission yesterday handed down a $29 a week pay rise for workers covered by WA awards.

Mum's Rights at Work
Thursday, 29 May 2008 15:39

Unions push for 14 weeks paid maternity leave for all Australian women.

WA Unions Celebrate
Friday, 02 May 2008 15:37

What: May Day Community Festival
When: 12 noon Sunday 4th May 2008
Where: Fremantle Esplanade

Candidate exposes Liberals' secret WorkChoices agenda to slash apprentice wages as Abbott stands by
Friday, 16 November 2007 18:35
In an interview with the Messenger newspaper, Liberal candidate for the South Australian seat of Makin, Bob Day, has declared himself a member of the conservative HR Nichols Society and in favour of cutting the wages of apprentices.
Abbott admits workers have lost protections under WorkChoices & won't get them back
Friday, 16 November 2007 18:33

Senior Minister Tony Abbott has admitted that protections for Australian workers have been stripped away by WorkChoices and they won't be coming back under a re-elected Howard- Costello Govt says the ACTU.

Labor policy an important step towards better rights for working families, says ACTU
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 17:48
The ACTU said that the Labor Party's transitional industrial relations arrangements announced today were an important step towards restoring rights for working families in Australia.
Liberal Party Silent on Job Security and Rights at Work
Monday, 27 August 2007 15:22

UnionsWA to launch TV Ad for 2008 State Election.

Young People Over-Represented in Workplace Deaths
Sunday, 08 April 2007 12:44

30 workplace deaths have occurred in WA in the last year, with people under 24 representing a quarter of those killed.

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