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Workers' Memorial Day


Workers' Memorial Day is held on 28 April each year at Solidarity Park, corner of Parliament Place & Harvest Terrace, West Perth.

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New Support to Fight Wage Theft


In the fight to stop wage theft, UnionsWA has today launched a new website and an associated supported referral service, Pay Rights.

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New Leadership at UnionsWA

UnionsWA has confirmed leadership arrangements following the decision by Meredith Hammat to stand as the WA Labor candidate for Mirrabooka. The Executive and Council of UnionsWA have formally appointed Owen Whittle as Acting Secretary of UnionsWA. Owen has been Assistant Secretary of UnionsWA since 2013.

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Mid-Year Review – good, could do better

UnionsWA has commented on the release of the Mid-Year Review for 2020-21.

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New silica & coal dust safety standard welcomed

UnionsWA has today welcomed an important announcement by WA Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston that significantly reduces the workplace safety standard for exposure to silica and coal dust.

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Work Safety Bill passage welcomed

UnionsWA has today welcomed the passage by the Legislative Council of the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019.

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Work Safety Bill delay costs lives

UnionsWA will today co-host a rally of working people on the steps of Parliament House and will join calls for the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 and industrial manslaughter law reforms to be passed by the WA Parliament this year.

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WA Budget 2020: Much to welcome, some more needed

UnionsWA has today commented on the WA Budget 2020.

Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:

“The COVID-19 health crisis has had a significant impact on jobs for working West Australians. 

“We welcome today’s State Budget which provides significant stimulus measures for jobs across WA."


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WA Pandemic payment sense at last

UnionsWA has welcomed the recent announcement by Federal and WA Governments that arrangements for supporting payments for those required to isolate as a result of the pandemic will protect the West Australian workforce and wider community.

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Unsung heroes underpaid heroes: WA’s Gender Pay Gap

UnionsWA has commented on the release today of new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on the gap in pay between women and men and highlighted the many often low paid care work undertaken by women that are vital for a strong, community-wide response to the pandemic.

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