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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.

Harmonisation Update

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

A meeting of state and federal Workplace Relations Ministers held on 11 December 2009 approved the creation of consistent health and safety laws to operate from 1 January 2012 as the Work Health and Safety Act.

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