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Can Mr Barnett really call himself a straight talker?
By Dave Kelly, LHMU WA
The Premier Colin Barnett likes to portray himself as a straight talking sort of guy; an honest politician that can be trusted. He said as much when he spoke to 300 LHMU workplace delegates at our convention in June.  He said, “Go back on my history in public life. What I say, I do.”

Saying you are a straight talker is clearly a positive to put to voters. But for the premier is it a line with substance?  Or is it just nice sounding fluff that is wheeled out when it sounds good and ignored when it is politically expedient?

Let’s look at the Premier’s handling of the state’s industrial relations laws...
Walk Against Warming this Sunday (15th August)

Walk Against Warming is Australia's largest day of community action on climate change and will take place nationally on Sunday August 15. Like never before, Western Australia’s future hangs in the balance and we have the opportunity through Walk Against Warming to show our politicians that we want to lead the way in replacing polluting fossil fuels with renewable energy. 

Walk Against Warming
Sunday 15th August
Fremantle Esplanade Reserve

UnionsWA calls for greater worker input into safety
The tragic death of a worker at a mine site in the West Australian Goldfields highlights the need for a greater empowerment of workers to identify and police risks.

UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk has said that unions are not opposed to the State Government’s new risk-assessment mine safety model but that it must allow workers to be involved in protecting their own safety.
Can you trust Tony to deliver?

Abbott’s paid parental leave back-flip increases concerns over whether he can be trusted to deliver.

Unions are again raising concerns about how sincere Tony Abbott’s commitment to paid parental leave really is. Abbott today announced changes to the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme including pushing back the starting date to half way through 2012. This comes on top of previous changes already announced whereby the scheme will now be paid at the woman’s rate of pay regardless of which parent decides to stay home.

Dave Kelly of the LHMU on WA's WorkChoices

Dave Kelly recently penned an opinion piece for The West Australian newspaper on the consequences of WorkChoices and the policies of former WA IR minister Graham Kierath.

You can read the article here.


A Fair Go for Billionaires?

The CFMEU have started the "Fair Go for Billionaires!" movement you can get involved if you wish to help stand up for the big guy.

Check out the website here.


Australian Education Union's new ad

The Australian Education Union launch their new advertising campaign... very amusing!

Union activists once again campaigning against WorkChoices

Union activists are once again getting out and about campaigning to ensure that Tony Abbott does not bring back WorkChoices style changes to employment laws.

In 2007, the Your Rights At Work campaign had a fantastic victory in defeating John Howard and Tony Abbott’s unfair WorkChoices legislation. Unbelievably, just 3 years later we are again campaigning to ensure that Abbott doesn’t bring back the worst aspects of WorkChoices by ‘tweaking’ the Fair Work Act.

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