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Tony Abbott promises to bring back individual contracts

Tony Abbott tells Australians he supports bringing back individual contracts [and WorkChoices under another name]

 Opposition leader Tony Abbott has given a clear signal as to the direction he wishes to take on industrial relations and perhaps unsurprisingly, it isn’t worker friendly.

 On the ABC’s Monday night Q & A program Abbott confirmed the Coalition will reintroduce statutory individual contracts if they are elected. He told the Q & A audience: "The policies that we take to the next election will provide for individual agreements.’ But he tried to soften the blow by saying: ‘There will be a strong no disadvantage test and no one will be able to be forced to leave their current arrangements to go onto different ones.’

Abbott and Barnett plot the return of WorkChoices

It is well known that Opposition leader Tony Abbott was a firm supporter of the Howard Government’s attacks on workers and unions in the form of their WorkChoices legislation. While Mr Abbott has been busy telling the media that he won’t revive the legislation if elected, his recent comments to small business owners clearly demonstrate his desire to introduce similar changes to industrial relations laws if elected.

Buswell’s budget-management credibility shattered again

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.

Workers and public exposed to asbestos in Government buildings

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.

CPSU/CSA Rally for People Not Profit
CPSU/CSA members and supporters rallied at Parliament House on Thursday the 11th of March to take a stand against the State Government's privatisation agenda and to put people before profit. Click here for more information.
UnionsWA questions Abbott’s commitment to paid parental leave

UnionsWA has today questioned Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s motivation in announcing a paid parental leave scheme.

IR cost blowout as Government services starved of cash

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

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.  

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