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
On behalf of our members and communities we represent, we, the undersigned organisations, are gravely concerned by the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015 and the implications it has for Western Australia’s democracy and the rights of citizens to engage in peaceful protest.
Rev Rick Morell of the Uniting Church speaking to press after the release of the joint statement.Read more
The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre has released a report by Professor Alan Duncan on the China Free Trade Agreement. The report described concerns about labour market testing as "legitimate", and further that there "is some nervousness about the agreed policy for Chinese-financed investment projects in Australia being supported by migrant workers without the requirement for local labour market testing. Trade agreements shouldn’t be allowed to affect labour standards adversely, or crowd out local labour market opportunities." (page 58).Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on the release of work fatality figures in WA that show these are the highest for seven years just as massive cuts are affecting WorkSafe.Read more
UnionsWA today criticised Premier Barnett for his promise to both extend Sunday trading and weekend hours of work as well as cutting penalty ratesRead more
The ACTU and UnionsWA today announced details for their strategy during the Canning by-election campaign.Read more
UnionsWA today commented on the release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of new data that shows the difference in pay between women and men in Western Australia is the worst in the country.
Meredith Hammat, Secretary UnionsWA said:
“These latest figures show that WA continues to have the worst gender-pay gap in Australia.
“On average women in WA get paid $484 per week less than men in full time work.
“That’s twenty-five per cent less pay for women.
“When women take on caring roles the pay gap can be entrenched for the rest of their lives including into retirement through lower superannuation.
“By itself this is wrong and unfair.
“It also has broader, long term consequences.
“This means women are more likely to be financially insecure.
“Women are more likely than men to have to meet family costs of living that are already high in WA.
“It is more important in WA than elsewhere that governments and employers do more to support women in the workforce and to assist with the costs of caring.
“Stronger measures are needed to address pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, whether it’s losing permanency after returning from maternity leave or employers refusing requests to work flexible hours.
“Paid parenting leave is also very important and the weakening of this by the Abbott Government can only make the gender pay gap worse.
“It is important that childcare is affordable and supports for caring for people with disability and older Australians are adequate.
“When we as a society fail to be fairer, it is often women who are disadvantaged.”
Data drawn from ‘Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2015’ (Australian Bureau of Statistics) in particular data tables 3 (Australia), 13A (NSW), 13B (Victoria), 13C (Queensland), 13D (SA), 13E (WA), 13F (Tasmania) and available here.
UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of July unemployment figures showing a significant increase in unemployment in WA. This has occurred as WA Government redundancies arising from Budget cuts begin to take effect.Read more