In the lead-up to the WA State election, UnionsWA have released a report card on Occupational Health and Safety in WA under the Barnett Government.Read more
UnionsWA has today responded to a Fair Work Commission decision on the treatment of weekend penalty rates for Australia’s lowest paid working people on awards.
Western Australia maintains our own workplace laws that govern weekend penalty rates pay for many hospitality and retail employees.Read more
UnionsWA has commented on new data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which shows that the number of working West Australians paid under awards - around 170,000 – is growing but with many now receiving less hours of work and pay that two years ago.Read more
UnionsWA has commented on the release by SafeWork Australia of its results of a survey of workplace bullying in Australia and WA. The study has found that 9.2% of working West Australians reported having been bullied during the previous six months in 2014-15, almost double from 5.0% in 2010.Read more
UnionsWA has commented on the release today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of data on apprentice and trainee numbers in WA. Over the four years from 2011 to 2015 the number of 15 to 19 year old West Australians commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship have declined from 10,500 to 7,400.Read more
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week show women workers in Western Australia continue to be worse off - not just in average weekly earnings, but also in underemployment.
Underemployed workers are employees who would prefer, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have.
The latest results from the ABS's Participation, Job Search and Mobility Survey show that one million Australians want more hours of work. Females make up 60 per cent of all underemployed part-time workers.Read more
UnionsWA has commented on the recent release by SafeWork Australia of the latest data on work fatalities in Australia, including WA. These are the most reliable figures available on work fatalities and provide data on work fatality rates per 100,000 workers over thirteen years to 2015 that show the fatality rate in WA worsened from 1.6 in 2014 to 2.6 in 2015. WA is the only state or territory in Australia where the work fatality rate actually worsened between 2014 and 2015.Read more
This weekend the Save Our Services campaign, led by UnionsWA and public sector unions, commences a campaign highlighting WA government mismanagement of hospital privatisation and health services. This follows a recent poll commissioned by Save Our Services that shows health and hospitals to be the most important issue for West Australian voters. Ged Kearney, President of the ACTU and a nurse by background, joined campaign supporters to release details of the campaign.