UnionsWA has today commented on submissions published overnight in the WA State Wage Case and called for a $50 per week or 6.2% pay rise for WA’s lowest paid workers and those on State Awards.Read more
Today, an International Workers’ Memorial Day commemoration in Perth heard from Tony and Robyn Hampton. Their son, Jarrod, was the victim of a work fatality while working as a diver for Paspaley Pearls out of Broome. UnionsWA has today called on the WA Government to fast-track a Safety Code of Practice for all Occupational Divers and to strengthen occupational health and safety laws to ensure harsher penalties for safety offences. Comment is also provided on the sad news overnight of a work fatality at a Collie mine.Read more
Sadly, Tony Cooke, former Secretary of UnionsWA passed away overnight, during the evening of Wednesday 24 April 2018 following a long illness.
Photo reproduced courtesy of Westpix, depicts the welcome Tony Cooke received upon leaving the WA Parliament after an all-night protest over the Third Wave of industrial law changes.Read more
The local WA ACTU Change The Rules campaign has announced a range of activities in the Pearce federal electorate, currently held by Minister Christian Porter. Supporters today paraded outside Porter’s electorate office with a skeleton to remind voters of the skeletons in Porter’s closet – his support for cuts to weekend penalty rates pay, the robbo-debt disaster and a failure to deliver federal government support for the Ellenbrook rail line.
Pearce local, Benjamin Peskett, rattles skeleton outside Christian Porter MP's officeRead more
UnionsWA has today commented on recently released data by the ABS comparing the wages of men and women in casual work where no annual leave or sick leave is provided. The ABS estimates that 271, 600 working West Australians are in some form of insecure, casual or contract work where they have no entitlement to paid annual leave or sick leave.Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on the recent submission by the Minerals Council of Australia to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers.Read more
UnionsWA has commented on the release today of the Mid-Year Financial Projections Statement (available online here) and the announcement of a scoping project to consider privatisation of Landgate.Read more
As part of the International 16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence, UnionsWA and affiliated unions today met with the WA Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Simone McGurk to hear about action being taken by the State Government to reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence. As a priority, unions are seeking to ensure paid family and domestic violence leave is available for all working people.
Minister McGurk (quoted below)Read more
UnionsWA today released the findings of a major survey (available here) conducted on work and health that has exposed risks arising from employers coercing those injured at work to have employer representatives present during medical examinations and pressure to, in the first instance, attend medical professionals other than an injured working persons’ GP. With 1,052 respondents, this is a credible survey, one of the larger studies on work and health in WA in recent years.
The ABC Online story from Nyrie is available here.Read more
UnionsWA has welcomed the report today that the WA State Government will move to close a loophole that has meant employers have been claiming payroll tax exemptions for trainees.Read more