UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the WA Government of its’ Mid-year Review that included details of an improved State Wages Policy for our public sector workforce and replaces the existing fixed, low cap. Another significant policy announcement includes a welcome introduction of a COVID Isolation payment for working people in casual jobs.Read more
Following the announcement of a timeline towards open borders into WA, UnionsWA has today called for the introduce of an emergency COVID Payment to financially support those in insecure work who will soon be unable to attend work or earn income because of COVID transmission in workplaces or a requirement to isolate after exposure at work. This call also coincides with the release today by the ABS of the latest data on insecure work in WA which has found that there are 276,100 working West Australians without leave entitlements due to sickness or unplanned absence from work. There has been a marked increase in casual work among women generally in WA as well as among part time working people in WA.Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on the WA Budget 2020.
Owen Whittle, Secretary UnionsWA said:
“West Australians need a pay rise.
“The announcement that Government will end the current State Wages Policy by commencing an early review is welcome.Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on the release of data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that measures the gender pay gap. Other data released by the ABS yesterday points to the impact of low pay rises in WA in the public sector contributing to the poor pay outcomes for women in WA.Read more
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UnionsWA and the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australian have today responded to the recent release by WorkSafe WA of a report on its monitoring of workplace exposure to silica. Silica is the main component in manufactured stone benchtops, as well as being a workplace hazard in other sectors. Exposure to silica dust is a major factor in the incidence of silicosis as well as other debilitating lung conditions. The federal government has also recently released its own report, the National Dust Diseases Taskforce Report, on these dangers, but failed to act safely in decisions to prevent the risk of silicosis and other health risks that arise from exposure.Read more
Western Australian public sector unions have formed a new alliance comprising public school teachers and support staff, health workers, prison officers, firefighters, engineers, community service workers and those in our rail system, among others. It will work to reform the WA Government’s wage fixing policy. WA State Wages Policy imposes a cap to increases meaning a decline in real terms for six years for the vast majority of those we rely on to deliver essential health, education, community safety and other services.Read more
UnionsWA and the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia have today called for a greater effort to prevent risks associated with asbestos exposure associated with natural disasters.Read more
UnionsWA has today commented on the release by the WA Government of a Bill to address anomalies and unfairness in WA’s industrial relations law, which underpin the rights of around 200,000 working West Australians. For the first time the Bill will enable those who have been subject to workplace bullying to seek help from the WA Industrial Relations Commission. IN the video below Meredith Hammat outline the key aspects of the Bill.
UnionsWA has today supported academic and general staff at the University of Western Australia in condemning the sacking of 300 staff and appalling manner in which that decision was communicated to the community.Read more