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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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Work safety must improve

Following the recent close of submissions by the McGowan Government on changes work health and safety laws in WA, UnionsWA has called for a major overhaul of our outdated laws.

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Change the pay rise rules


UnionsWA, as part of the Australian Council of Trade Union Change The Rules campaign, has today commented on the need for urgent change to address the chronic lack of pay rises for working West Australians. This follows a major door-knocking effort undertaken today by union members and supporters in the key Liberal-held federal electorates of Pearce and Swan in WA. 

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WA women need a pay rise

UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of new data that shows the difference in ordinary full time pay for women and men in Western Australia. As evidence mounts on the need for greater pay increases for all working people, this data highlights the urgent need for pay rises across those jobs mostly filled by women.

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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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