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WA unions welcome Federal Budget investment in training and local content – will the Barnett Govt follow suit?

WA unions have welcomed the increased investment in training outlined in the federal budget. In particular, investment in skilled apprenticeships and measures to improve apprenticeship completion rates will have a positive effect in WA. Given the demand for skilled tradespeople in WA, initiatives that ensure WA workers are properly trained and in the best possible position to take advantage of the resource boom are welcome developments.

UnionsWA also welcomes an acknowledgement that local content from resource projects needs to improve with the announcement of $34 million to help Australian manufacturers win more from big resource projects. Let's hope the Barnett Government follows suit and acknowledges that concrete measures are required if we are going to get better outcomes for local business.

Join the UnionsWA team in the 2011 Mother's Day Classic

The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual charity walk and run in aid of breast cancer research. As in previous years, union members along with their friends and family, have entered a UnionsWA team. The Perth event involves a 4km and 8km walk and run around Langley Park.

 The UnionsWA team will walk together in the 4km Perth Mother’s Day Classic this Sunday. There is also a 4km and an 8km run for those people feeling extra fit!


See below for info on how to get involved...

UnionsWA Submission to Harmonised OSH Regulations

National Occupational Health and Safety regulations and several codes of practice have been out for public comment. This closed on Monday 4th April. UnionsWA has put forward a submission to Safe Work Australia.

Age based limits on workers' comp finally removed

WA unions win long-fought for battle as WA abolishes age-based limits on workers' compensation entitlements.

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 have significantly improved the status of older workers within the State’s workers' compensation scheme with all workers now having the same entitlements to compensation regardless of their age.

Previously the scheme discriminated against older workers by limiting the entitlement of injured workers aged 64 or more to only one year of income payments.

Age based limits on workers' comp finally removed

WA unions win long-fought for battle as WA abolishes age-based limits on workers' compensation entitlements.

WA unions talk the walk with graduate students

WA unionists were spreading the word on rights at work at the ‘Big Meet’ Career Day last Tuesday, where over 2,600 graduates, students and job-seekers were testing the water before they start their full-time working lives.

People just starting out on their careers are often vulnerable to bad recruitment practices and being forced to accept worse conditions than other workers. Having a union presence at events such as the ‘Big Meet’ is important for ensuring that new employees learn about the role of unions before they have any problems at work.


Staff from a number of WA unions discussing working conditions with graduates at the Big Meet Career Day

Australian workers say yes to action on climate change for our future

 Australian workers want urgent action on climate change with more than 11,000 signing a petition supporting a price on carbon within a fortnight.

The ACTU along with WWF-Australia will today hand the first part of the petition to Climate Change Minister Greg Combet to show there is strong support from working Australians for a price on pollution.

“The people who have signed this petition are the silent majority of Australians who care about the nation’s future and are not fooled by Tony Abbott’s scare campaign,” said ACTU President Ged Kearney.

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