UnionsWA has today responded to comments on penalty rates by Prime Minister Turnbull made during the Leader’s Debate on Facebook.Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on a proposal by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA calling for legislative changes to remove unfair dismissal protections for those subject to drug-testing. The full statement for media follows and this is Meredith addressing media today:Read more
It’s that time of the year when the WA Industrial Relations Commission sets the Minimum Wage. Business has recommended that there be no increase, the Barnett Government that it increase by 1.25% and UnionsWA has recommended a 4.4% increase.
Many of the arguments by UnionsWA for an increase in the minimum wage are because the cost of living has gone up so much. Low-paid people tend to spend much more of their income on essentials such as housing or electricity. These costs that have been going up more than by inflation. Most of us understand this argument.
Here we want to counter some of the key myths that conservatives use to argue against improving the minimum wage.Read more
The longest strike in Australian history began on 1 May 1946. The planning had begun during the war and required sophisticated organisation to coordinate hundreds of workers across vast stretches of WA's Pilbara region. The victories were numerous and far-reaching. So why is this event almost forgotten and rarely taught or talked about today?Read more
By Dave Oliver, Secretary, ACTU
I try not to waste time on Martin Ferguson these days but the stench of hypocrisy can, at times, overwhelm even those with the strongest stomachs. Mr Ferguson’s new found opposition to Sunday penalty rates, printed in The Australian last week, is one of those times.
UnionsWA , the Save Our Services and Use Your Power groups have, at the one-year mark out from the 11 March 2017 WA state election, announced details of a range of activities in opposition to privatisation of public services and public assets.Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the Barnett Government of its’ Mid-Year Financial Projections Statement.
The Labour History Society brings an important focus to our collective history as a movement in this State. Thank you. It’s a great privilege to be given this opportunity to present the Harold Peden lecture. I have always believed that in the trade union movement we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary, UnionsWARead more
UnionsWA has commented on the release yesterday by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) of a survey of employers that has tracked declining apprentice and trainee numbers while job qualification requirements rise.Read more
UnionsWA has today released an analysis data of youth unemployment following the issuing yesterday of detailed data by the ABS. Youth unemployment has been found to be high and rising across Perth, particularly in the southern suburbs.Read more