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Budget 2019

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the McGowan Government of the 2019-20 WA State Budget.

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Industrial Manslaughter Reform Needed

UnionsWA has today renewed calls for industrial manslaughter law reform at national and state levels as today working people and unions commemorate International Workers' Memorial Day in Perth and with voting having just begun in the 2019 federal election. 

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Workers' Memorial Day 2019


Workers' Memorial Day will be held at 10am on Monday 29th April at Solidarity Park, corner of Parliament Place & Harvest Terrace, West Perth.

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FIFO Code: People Before Profits

UnionsWA has welcomed the release today by the McGowan Government of a Code of Practice for Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) work (available online here),


UnionsWA Assistant Secretary, Owen Whittle addressing media (2/4/19) on the FIFO code.

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New poll: West Australians support manslaughter reform

UnionsWA has today released results from a poll commissioned by the ACTU on community attitudes in WA to industrial manslaughter law reform. This poll follows the recent release by the federal government of the Boland Review Report on national work health and safety laws which has recommended industrial manslaughter law reform. The WA Government is currently considering the need for this and other work health and safety reforms in WA.

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Pay Gap Rally Call

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 announced that on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March, a rally of working women and men will be held to protest the lack of progress on equal pay, paid domestic violence leave and the need for improved parenting leave.


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Sally McManus to address Perth union conference


Interested union members are invited to hear an address by ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus. She will give the opening address to the State Conference of the MUA/CFMEU at 8:30am, Tuesday 26th February, The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, will also provide an address. RSVPs not required.

New data: working West Australians need pay rise

UnionsWA has commented on new data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which shows that earnings growth for full-time working West Australians has been around half that of the rest of Australia.

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Slip, slap, slop, seek, slide not just for kids

UnionsWA and Cancer Council WA have issued an urgent warning today for over 300,000 West Australians who work outdoors every day to protect themselves from cancer-causing UV and the risk of heat-related stress by protecting themselves with clothing, hats, sunglasses, shade and sunscreen year-round.

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Unions welcome wage theft inquiry

UnionsWA has welcomed the announcement today by the WA Government of an inquiry into wage theft and the appointment of Tony Beech, former Chief Commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission as its head.

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