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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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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Invest Budget bonus

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the WA Government of the Mid-Year Financial Projections for 2018-19. These projections now incorporate increased revenue for WA from the GST and improved finances generally that are a foundation for investing in a healthier public sector including redressing pay and staffing levels for our public sector workforce as well as household relief from rising fees and charges.

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FIFO Health Research call for action

UnionsWA has today commented on the release of research commissioned by the WA Government on the health impacts of Fly-in Fly-out work. The research report can be viewed online here.

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WA Job Training Decline

UnionsWA has commented on the latest job training data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) evidencing a steep decline in job training participation in WA, falling at almost four times the national rate.

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Unemployment: Two Australias

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the ABS of detailed labour force data on unemployment nationally and across regions of metropolitan Perth.  Based on that data, an analysis by UnionsWA shows that in key outer-suburban regions of Perth unemployment is significantly higher than for Australia as a whole. Further, while the national rate of unemployment is declining, in many parts of outer-suburban Perth, unemployment is rising.

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Walkington appointment

UnionsWA has welcomed the announcement today of the appointment by the WA Government of Ms Toni Walkington as a member of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

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Stress greatest concern for working West Australians

UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the Insurance Commission of WA of a report showing that claims for work-related stress among the public sector workforce has risen greatly. UnionsWA has release the early results of its own survey that shows workload and management-related stress is the greatest concern among all working people, including those in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

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Safety penalties to save lives

UnionsWA has welcomed the announcement today by the McGowan Government to increase penalties for those that break WA work health and safety laws, which protect the vast majority of working West Australians.

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Wittenoom Asbestos Disaster: Remembrance and action

The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia and UnionsWA have today unveiled a plaque at the Remembrance Wall in Perth’s Solidarity Park and plans for a permanent memorial at the park to remember the victims, survivors and families that to affected by the asbestos disaster at Wittenoom.

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