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ACTU responds to Govt on Forward with Fairness

"WorkChoices is on the way out and the new industrial-relations laws can't come quickly enough", writes ACTU President Sharan Burrow inThe Australian.

22 September 2008

Collective bargaining as the centrepiece of a new IR system will turn Work Choices on its head; however there are still gaps in Labor's plan.

Liberal Party Silent on Job Security and Rights at Work

UnionsWA has today launched its TV Advertisement for the 2008 WA State Election. The Ad alerts voters to the silence of the Liberal Party on job security and rights at work.

"During this campaign there has been a deafening silence on what work laws would look like under a Colin Barnett State Government," UnionsWA Secretary, Dave Robinson said today.

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2500 rally in Perth against the ABCC

Thank you to everyone who rallied against the Australian Building and Construction Commission on Tuesday 2 December '08.

We were 2500 strong and we will only get stronger.

Stay tuned to this website for photos and video!

In unity,


Pay Equity and Female Workforce Participation

Progress on women's rights to equal pay has been hampered by the dismantling of institutions that can directly and effectively intervene in the labour market.  This is nowhere more apparent than in WA, where the pay gap is now 28%.

A properly regulated labour market is essential to addressing the yawning gap that still exists between men and women's wages, UnionsWA says in a joint submission on pay equity.

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Abolish the ABCC Now! - Ask your MP

If you came to the ‘Abolish the ABCC Now' Rally on Tuesday 2 December, congratulations and thanks! We were 2500 strong and we will only get stronger.

Simone McGurk, UnionsWA Assistant Secretary, urged everyone at the rally to phone or email their WA Federal Labor MP about the ABCC.
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ABCC laws in disarray as DPP drops charges against unionist

Australia's Building and Construction laws are in disarray today as the DPP dropped charges against
union official Noel Washington.

Mr Washington was charged for refusing to attend a compulsory interview. As a matter of principle
he had refused to attend an interview with the Australian Building and Construction Commission. He
was due to appear in court on 2 December. Mr. Washington was not being investigated for any
matter, but was required by the ABCC to attend an interview about what had occurred at a union

Strong industrial relations laws needed to protect WA workers in uncertain times

ACTU President Sharan Burrow met with workers in Western Australia today to discuss concerns that major employers are continuing to use Work Choices to deny employees the right to bargain collectively with a union.

Ms Burrow will press the case for a strong independent umpire to settle disputes such as the current one involving Rio Tinto subsidiaries Pilbara Iron Ore and Hamersley Iron where the companies are refusing to negotiate with their employees' union.

Train drivers employed by the two companies want the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Mining Division) to negotiate a new collective agreement following the expiry of Australian Workplace Agreements.

But after weeks of stalling tactics, the company said in August that it would have no more discussions with the union over improved pay and conditions for the workers.

Rio Tinto train driver and CFMEU member Dallas Mumford (pictured) said, "We are taking action because the company simply refuses to talk if the union is involved."

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