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Insecure work conference a disgrace

 UnionsWA today supported criticism by ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver and UnionsNSW Secretary Mark Lennon of the Contingent Workforce Conference that today began proceedings in Sydney.

Care Work shortage needs fair pay, not app

Yesterday the Barnett Government launched a job seeker phone app and highlighted the looming shortage of health and care workers in WA.  UnionsWA has today called on the Government address long-standing unfair pay as a more meaningful solution.

WA Work Injuries on the rise

UnionsWA today commented on the release by WorkSafe of the latest data on workplace injuries.  This WA Government report notes rising rates of injuries and severe injuries for working people, even controlling for the growing numbers in the workforce.

Rising WA suicide rate

UnionsWA today called for a cooperative effort among governments, employers, unions and community groups in response to the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of new data showing that contrary to national trends, suicide rates in WA are rising, particularly in non-metropolitan WA.  Rates remain highest among men and Indigenous Australians.

Bill accounts for local skilled jobs

Unions today commented on the release by the Leader of the Opposition of a policy statement ‘Jobs for the Future’ that highlighted the recent introduction of the Skilled Jobs (Benefits from the Boom) Bill 2012.

Are you getting your pay rise?

Unions have been successful in securing pay rises for those working under WA State and Federal Awards.  These increases begin from the first pay day after 1 July 2012.  So check your next pay slip to see if you are being paid properly.

Barnett must follow lead on locals first for jobs

Following union success in having the Federal Government Jobs Board established as a step towards ensuring locals have the opportunity to fill resource boom jobs before relying on overseas labour, UnionsWA President, Meredith Hammat, has warned the Barnett Government that it must now reconsider its recent change of policy under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. 

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