UnionsWA has commented on today’s decision by the WA Industrial Relations Commission in the State Minimum Wage case. That case affects an estimated 100,000 minimum wage and State Award reliant workers. UnionsWA also criticised the recent announcement by Premier Barnett that his government proposes to legislate to cut weekend and after-hours pay.Read more
UnionsWA today commented on the latest release by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of apprentice and trainee numbers in WA that show the fall in numbers to be the worst for five years. Recent state budget increases to training fees and funding cuts to TAFE are likely to hasten this decline.Read more
How can it be that WA has a first rate economy but second rate government finances?
Many hold as faith that the downgrading of the financial ratings for the WA Government is the result of Canberra ripping off our GST and there being too many over-paid public sector workers.
But are these views based on myth or reality?Read more
Following the May Day march through Fremantle today UnionsWA released new data estimating the impact in WA of proposed cuts to the minimum wage and of relocation of long term unemployed youth. UnionsWA and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) called on the Abbott Government to immediately reject these proposals from the recent Commission of Audit Report.Read more
Not many West Australians know that this is the season Noongar people call Djeran, signifying the start of cool and pleasant weather and known as a time to fish and collect seeds.
Many of our commemorations are grounded in British and European tradition and timed according to those climates.Read more
Commemorating work fatalities on Worker’s Memorial Day, UnionsWA has criticised the Barnett Government for failing to streamline and strengthen health and safety laws.Read more
UnionsWA today joined with union leaders from the Electrical Trades Union, the Australian Services Union and the Maritime Union of Australia and to warn that the reported sale and privatisation of West Australian water, electricity and port assets will increase costs to households and businesRead more