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Belmont Election Flyers

May 19, 2022 at 10:00am - 12pm

In workplace conversations and in the media we've made rising costs of living and the need for pay rises a key headline issue in this election and we're reinforcing that with our final action handing out flyers from 10:00 am - noon, this Thursday 19th May near the Belmont Forum. We'll meet in the parking lot off Belmont Ave of Belmont Forum. To RSVP please complete your details below.

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Mirrabooka Election Flyers

May 20, 2022 at 10:00am - 12pm

In workplace conversations and in the media we've made rising costs of living and the need for pay rises a key headline issue in this election and we're reinforcing that with our final action handing out flyers from 10:00 am - noon, this Friday 20th May at The Square Mirrabooka. We'll meet at the entrance in front of the carpark off Yirrigan Drive.   To RSVP please complete your details below.

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WHS Overview Session - 23 May 2022 - For Union Delegates/Safety Reps/Workers(Free)

May 23, 2022 at 9:00am - 11am

This session is funded by DMIRs, and is suitable for: Union Delegates, Safety Reps, and interested workers.

This information session will provide participants with an introduction to the new WHS legislation and what the changes will mean to your workplace.  

Attendees will have a better understanding of the key changes for workers and unions in the new Act :

  • Legislative framework of WHS law in WA 
  • New definition of health in the Act
  • Duties of the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU).
  • New Duties of an Officer and their legal requirements (due diligence).
  • Duties of a Worker
  • Duties of Other Persons
  • Industrial manslaughter - what it means & New penalty categories for breaches of legislation  - as well as Notifiable incidents.
  • Duty to Consult and what consultation must include
  • Work Groups (WG’s), Health & Safety Representatives (HSR’s), Deputy Health and Safety Representatives and Health & Safety Committees (HSC’s), including;
  • Work Group negotiations with Union involvement 
  • Election process (including new Union involvement)
  • Right to cease unsafe work; and 
  • HSR Direction to cease unsafe work – New

The session will be held via Microsoft Teams - a link to this session will be provided upon your RSVP.

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Pay Failure Undermines WA Budget

UnionsWA has today commented on the release of the WA Budget and warned that the failure to improve public sector pay policy will make recruitment for needed new positions and retention harder. While the one-off electricity payment is welcome, other State Government charges to households are rising, as are other broader costs of living.

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New Study Lays Bare WA Job & Wage Insecurity

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus has today spoken following the release a UnionsWA survey report on job and wage insecurity among working West Australians.  Financial hardship and the need to find additional hours of work or an extra job were widely reported together with negative impacts on health and lost time with family.

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‘Crap’ jobs won’t close Gender Pay Gap

UnionsWA has today commented on the release of data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that measures the gender pay gap. This, together with other analyses based on ABS data, highlights the importance of improving job security as a pathway to better pay for women.

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Safety Code Check on Work Assault Perpetrators

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the WA Government of new workplace safety codes providing WA employers and workforce with guidance on how to prevent harassment, violence, including gendered violence and bullying as well as ensuring good psychological health through work. 

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Welcome pay rise, but more needed

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the WA Government of its’ Mid-year Review that included details of an improved State Wages Policy for our public sector workforce and replaces the existing fixed, low cap.  Another significant policy announcement includes a welcome introduction of a COVID Isolation payment for working people in casual jobs. 

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Public Pay Protest Perth Town Hall

As a part of a massed meeting of public sector union members at Perth Town Hall, UnionsWA has today released new figures that track the decline in real and comparative terms of public sector pay under the WA Government since 2017. Related staff shortages are impacting the quality of health, education and other services as well as unsafe workloads.

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WA Secure Jobs Campaign Launch

UnionsWA has today begun a major campaign of workplace visits, train station handouts and other activities in a call for more secure jobs in WA.

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Workplace Bill update overdue

UnionsWA has today welcomed the introduction by the WA Government of its Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 that will modernise these laws and readdress historic injustices.

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West Australians need a pay rise

UnionsWA has today commented on the WA Budget 2020.

Owen Whittle, Secretary UnionsWA said:

“West Australians need a pay rise.

“The announcement that Government will end the current State Wages Policy by commencing an early review is welcome.

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WA Women need a pay rise

UnionsWA has today commented on the release of data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that measures the gender pay gap. Other data released by the ABS yesterday points to the impact of low pay rises in WA in the public sector contributing to the poor pay outcomes for women in WA.

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