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WA's Biggest Grinch Fails to Show

Grinch Fails to ShowNearly 1000 United Voice members from schools and hospitals rallied at Parliament House today, protesting against Colin Barnett’s Workplace Reform Bill.

Members are angry that Colin Barnett signed their EBA not even a year ago, but has now written a law which makes it easier for employees to be sacked and stripped of other conditions such as retraining and redeployment.

Brian, a school gardener, said he was angry at how easily Barnett could walk away from an agreement he had already signed.

“How the bloody hell can he walk away from an agreement he signed with us?” he asked.

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Essential Staff to Take Industrial Action

Essential Staff to take industrial actionThousands of essential support staff from schools and hospitals will walk off the job next week after United Voice delegates voted this morning to take industrial action.

Members will protest against the Barnett Government’s Workplace Reform Bill which breaks the
promise he made to staff in their contracts earlier this year.

United Voice Secretary Carolyn Smith said members feel their only recourse is to turn up on the
last sitting day of Parliament.

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Colin Keep Your Word!

Colin Keep Your Word!United Voice delegates representing thousands of essential staff from schools and hospitals are meeting this morning to discuss taking industrial action after Colin Barnett broke his word.

The State Government’s new Workplace Reform Bill breaks a promise the Premier made to staff in their contracts, which he signed earlier this year.

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said staff had been lied to regarding their conditions of employment.

“He promised that there would be no forced redundancies. He promised that staff would not be sent to work for a private contractor in the event of their job being cut, and that wages would be maintained.”

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