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West Australians unite to say yes to a price on carbon pollution

Churches, community groups, aid organisations, unions, business and environmental groups have united in support of a price on carbon pollution and they’re calling on other West Australians to join them.

Say Yes to cutting carbon pollution and to a cleaner, healthier future for WA!

As debate about the carbon package continues and as the big polluters ramp up their campaign against the new carbon package we’re calling on West Australians to say yes to tackling climate change.

Workers deserve their share of the wealth too

Article by UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk in The West

Employer groups should be handing out concrete umbrellas to their members, given how often they predict the sky is about to fall in. First, the mining tax would ruin us, more recently a carbon price would do us in.

Building industry watchdog slammed over sham contracted migrants

An article from Crikey by Katie Weiss:

An economics and employment expert has lashed out at the government’s construction industry watchdog, saying the body ineffectively regulates migrant worker mistreatment through sham contracting.

WA workers will benefit from a price on carbon

From The West Australian, opinion piece by Gary Wood - Secretary of the WA District of the CFMEU Mining & Energy Division

As someone who has spent a large part of my life working on coal mines and who now represents workers in the coal industry, people may be surprised that I support putting a price on carbon pollution as an important and positive development for WA workers.

These people will understand my views when the emotion and scaremongering abates.  A carbon price, properly phased in, is vital for the future of mine workers and the rest of the WA workforce.

Big reform is always a tricky process and climate change is a particularly frightening issue – “a diabolical problem” as Ross Garnaut says. But we’re not going to get anywhere by burying our heads in the sand, crossing our fingers and hoping that Lord Monckton and Howard Sattler have somehow got the jump on every reputable scientific institution on the planet including our own CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology.

Carbon pricing package presents new opportunities for Australian industries

Dave Oliver, National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, on the new opportunities the Federal Government's price on carbon package presents.

One of the last typewriter factories in the world closed its doors in April. Orders had been dropping off for the Indian company for sometime.

The owners told the international media: "Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers."

An understatement maybe but it's a simple reality; industries change and diversify all the time.

Barnett Backdown shows WorkChoices is electoral poison

Premier Colin Barnett’s latest distancing of his Government from implementing WorkChoices-type changes to WA work laws is an admission that those policies are damaging for working people, as well as electoral poison.

After gaining Government in 2008, then then Minister for Commerce Troy Buswell commissioned a former WorkChoices architect, Steven Amendola, to review WA’s work laws, an exercise that wasted over $1million of taxpayers’ money.

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