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WA Jobs from WA Resources Rally Success

Over 5000 workers, employers and community members rallied at Parliament House on Tuesday the 15th demanding WA jobs from WA resources.

The march from the Esplanade up to Parliament House was led by AMWU (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) Secretary Steve McCartney and UnionsWA President Meredith Hammat. In attendance were white and blue collar union members, employers, representatives from the Australian Steel Institute and community members.

Warning, NSW: companies like Serco aren’t your real friends

Article by Anthony Loewenstein - published on 14 March 2011 in Crikey

The New South Wales election is weeks away and privatisation is a key issue of concern for voters. Liberal opposition leader Barry O’Farrell, the likely next premier, leads a team that openly talks about restructuring the ways in which public assets could be sold.

It’s possible that O’Farrell will look to Western Australia for inspiration. But the Liberal government of Colin Barnett is facing public opposition to increasingly working with British multinational Serco in its plans to outsource key public services.

100 years of Internaional Women's Day and the fight for equal pay continues

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day the State Government continues to refuse to support equal pay for women workers.

“While people are taking time today to reflect on the remarkable achievements of the women’s movement in the fight for equality there must also be an acknowledgement of the ongoing battles” said UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk.


Australian Service Union and Finance Sector Union members with Eric Ripper on International Women's Day after he pledged the WA ALP's support for the equal pay case.

Biggest union in WA changes its name

On March 1 2011, the LHMU changed its name to United Voice.

This process began two years ago when members who make up the union’s National Council – its peak governing body – called for a new name.

It was felt the old name did not properly represent the many different industries covered and jobs done by the union’s members. The National Councillors also felt the word ‘Miscellaneous’ was a word which downgraded the important work the members do.

Australian unions join global day of action for democracy and human rights in Egypt

 Australian unions took part in an international day of action for democracy in Egypt by calling on the Egyptian Government to respect human rights, including free trade unions.

Unions delivered a letter to the Egyptian Government’s representatives in Australia conveying their unwavering support for democratic change in Egypt, and condemning the use of violence against democracy protesters.

Carinya ordered to bring illegal lock out to an end

Low paid aged care workers at the Carinya of Bicton and Carinya on Bristol facilities who have been locked out since Monday, will be allowed back into work from 5pm today after a Fair Work Australia commissioner ruled the employer’s action was illegal.

In a move which was unprecedented in the aged care industry in Australia, around 50 LHMU members were told by management at Carinya four days ago that they would not be allowed to work until Monday, February 7.

An open letter from the LHMU re: Carinya lock out
Dear Friend,

LHMU aged care members at Carinya Bicton and Carinya Bristol have been locked out by their employer for 7 days from 7am Monday 31 January. Members have held three four hour stoppages in the last fortnight.

LHMU members have been attempting to negotiate an enterprise agreement with management for over 7 months. Members have not had a pay rise for over two years.

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