Wittenoom Memorial

August 18, 2018 at 10am - 11am

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Decades of mining asbestos at Wittenoom has tragically made it the worst mining disaster in Australian history. UnionsWA in collaboration with the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia invite to to join us in the unveiling of a lasting memorial place for the victims and families at Solidarity Park. All are welcome on Saturday 18 August from 10:00 am. Hard copies of an invitation may be downloaded here. To RSVP please complete your details below.

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2017 APHEDA WA Fundraising Dinner

September 07, 2018 at 6pm - 9pm

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TICKET SALES NOW CLOSED!

Please contact tdymond@unionswa.com.au for more information.

Good food, good fun and a complimentary drink on arrival - all in the aid of solidarity with working people in developing countries. 

Our guest speaker this year is human rights activists from Myanmar, Wai Wai Nu.

Wai Wai Nu is a democracy, human rights, and women’s rights advocate from Myanmar. Deeply moved by the escalating violence in her country, Wai Wai Nu established the Women Peace Network in 2012 as a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s different ethnicities and to advocate for the rights of marginalised women. Part of this work includes campaigning to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities and to improving the human rights situation of her people, the Rohingya.

There will also be an auction to raise money for UnionAid Abroad/APHEDA international projects - so don't leave your wallets at home!

Please join us on Saturday 14th October at the Zoo! There will be free parking at the Richardson St Car park opposite the Zoo. Ferries run from South Perth to Elizabeth Quay until 11.45 pm.

A payment needs to be made in order to receive a ticket and receipt. You can purchase online, or download a booking form here.

Tickets are $90 per person (includes GST). Table of 10 will be $900. Please note that while no concession ticket rate applies, some unions have indicated that they may be able to assist some current or past members. Contact your union to find out how!

 

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2018 APHEDA WA Fundraising Dinner

September 07, 2018 at 6pm - 9pm

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The WA Annual Dinner for APHEDA Union Aid Abroad has become the event for international solidarity, good food and good fun in Perth - all in the aid of supporting working people in developing countries. And a complementary drink upon arrival!

Our guest speaker this year is Dr Olfat Mahmoud (pictured).

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She has worked closely with APHEDA for many years and in 1992 established the Palestinians Women’s Humanitarian Organisation to assist refugee camps in Lebanon.  Dr Mahmoud has just published Tears For Tarshiha (see details of her book and tour here).

We are also privileged to hear from Union Aid Abroad co-founder Helen McCue.

There will an auction to raise money for UnionAid Abroad/APHEDA international projects - so don't leave your wallets at home!

Please join us on Friday 7th September at the Zoo! There will be free parking at the Richardson St Car park opposite the Zoo. Ferries run from South Perth to Elizabeth Quay until 11.45 pm.

Please complete your details below, after which you will land on the payment page, needed in order to receive a ticket and receipt.

You can purchase online, or download a booking form here (which is also a tax invoice).

We're fortunate to have such acclaimed speakers for a great cause.  You are encouraged to download and distribute the flyer for this event available online here.

Tickets are $90 per person (includes GST). Table of 10 will be $900. Please note that while no concession ticket rate applies, some unions have indicated that they may be able to assist some current or past/retired members. Contact your union to find out how!

 

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WA needs a pay rise

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of its Wage Price Index series and together with data released last week on living costs for employee households. These highlight a trend of wages failing to keep pace with costs, particularly so for working people in WA on low wages and others on fixed incomes.

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Saving lives and preventing injury – reforms urgently needed

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the McGowan Government of major report recommending urgently needed reforms to work health and safety laws in WA.  These laws cover workplaces for the vast majority of working West Australians and are essential for preventing work-related death, injury and illness.

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New ABS data: WA, for richer & poorer

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the ABS of new Local Government Area data on income which shows that nationally four of the top five areas with the highest median incomes are in WA. However, WA is the only state in Australia where median incomes are falling.

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WA pay decision disappointing

UnionsWA has today commented on the decision by WA Industrial Relations Commission in the State Wage Case, which sets wages for over a hundred thousand working West Australians on the WA Minimum Wage and reliant State awards including many trainees and apprentices.

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Low paid and economy need more

UnionsWA has today commented on submissions published overnight in the WA State Wage Case and called for a $50 per week or 6.2% pay rise for WA’s lowest paid workers and those on State Awards.

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More privatisation doesn’t add up

UnionsWA has commented on the release today of the Mid-Year Financial Projections Statement (available online here) and the announcement of a scoping project to consider privatisation of Landgate.

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Call for Domestic Violence Leave for all

As part of the International 16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence, UnionsWA and affiliated unions today met with the WA Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Simone McGurk to hear about action being taken by the State Government to reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence. As a priority, unions are seeking to ensure paid family and domestic violence leave is available for all working people.

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Minister McGurk (quoted below)

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Unions welcome end to payroll tax loophole

UnionsWA has welcomed the report today that the WA State Government will move to close a loophole that has meant employers have been claiming payroll tax exemptions for trainees.

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Why Collie matters for us all

You might be forgiven for thinking that an industrial dispute involving a small number of workers in the WA rural community of Collie might not matter much to you. If so, you'd be wrong. The implications of the Griffin Coal dispute are profound and will resonate up to and beyond the next federal election.

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Meredith Hammat, UnionsWA Secretary, addressing striking workers of Collie.

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WA Industrial Relations Review an opportunity for change

UnionsWA has today commented on the announcement by the WA Government of a review of West Australian industrial relations system. Over 100,000 working West Australians are covered under these WA laws, including those on the WA Minimum Wage, apprentices, trainees and those employed in small business.

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