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Switch off the smartphones on annual Go Home on Time Day
Smartphones, tablets and other types of 24-7 technology may make life easier for many of us but they are also keeping us at work longer and making it harder to switch off even when at home.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said that each year, Australians worked more than two billion hours of unpaid overtime, which equated to $72 billion worth of foregone wages, and advances in technology were adding to the load.

“Today is annual Go Home on Time Day, which is a great way to make workplaces stop and take note that life shouldn’t revolve around work,” Ms Kearney said.
UnionsWA congratulates Helen Fitzroy – WA Local Hero of the Year

UnionsWA congratulates mining & safety campaigner Helen Fitzroy on being named WA Local Hero of the Year.

Western Australians welcome a price on pollution

Western Australian churches, community groups, aid organisations, unions, business and environmental groups, along with thousands of ordinary Western Australians, are today welcoming the passing of the carbon price legislation through the Senate.

This historic milestone is especially welcome in a state that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change [see the Climate Commission’s recent report on the impacts of climate change in Western Australia]. WA is already experiencing the impacts of a drying climate and above average sea level rises. We cannot afford to delay action any longer.

Unions' Qantas fight not about money

The following opinion piece by UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk was appeared on PerthNow

THE Qantas dispute did not just happen. It's been simmering away for months. And, despite everyone including the Prime Minister calling it a pay dispute, it is not about money.

There are no outrageous demands for massive pay rises. The unions involved in the dispute have asked for a 2.5 per cent increase in wages, just enough to keep up with inflation. What this dispute is all about is one fundamental question: Do workers have the right to object to the outsourcing of their jobs?

Qantas says no. Unions say yes.

FIFO/DIDO deadline looming

UnionsWA is calling on individuals, groups, communities and employers involved in and affected by the proliferation of fly in fly‐in, fly‐out (FIFO) and drive‐in, drive‐out (DIDO) operations to make submissions to a government inquiry before the deadline on Friday (7 October, 2011).

Committee out to save Malaysia from Australian mining company

The Save Malaysia Committee flew into Perth to garner support for their mission to stop a rare earths processing plant in their backyard.

The $205 million plant, currently being built in the Gebeng industrial zone in Kuantan, will process the ores from Lynas's Mount Weld mine in Western Australia. But the committee fears that the area will become polluted and that locals will lose their livelihoods.

Unions welcome workers' compensation reforms

Unions have welcomed the passing through the WA Parliament of long-overdue changes to workers’ compensation legislation.

Age discrimination in Western Australia’s workers’ compensation legislation has now been abolished.

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