UNION NEWS

Collier's Backflip: Education Assistants first to go

Edu_meeting_7nov20130207_116.JPGUnited Voice Secretary Carolyn Smith has slammed the Barnett Government for announcing that over 300 education assistants will lose their jobs.

“It is appalling that the Barnett Government has decided to slash jobs in the face of record enrolments at schools.

“When Education Minister Peter Collier talks about improving efficiency he really means cutting more jobs.

“It was only last week that Education Minister Peter Collier said there will be no job cuts. He lied.

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Corporate Welfare

LA Times Article imageCleaners at Westfield shopping centres across Australia have been campaigning to get a fair deal from the corporate giant, but Westfield has been crying poor, saying it can’t fund fair wages for low paid cleaners in their contracts.

Now it turns out that they’ve been taking full advantage of American tax concessions to reap millions in extra profit.

Check out the story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Hiltzik!

Read the "Malled by Westfield" report

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Barnett's Budget: Savage Cuts to the Public Sector

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith slammed the State Budget describing it as a “budget of savage cuts which will result in lower quality services for the people of Western Australia.”

Ms Smith said the public would be appalled to discover that the workforce budget in Education will be slashed by over $282m, and in Health by over $20m, over the next four years.

“Western Australia is a boom state with over 1,000 people settling in WA each week,” said Ms Smith.

“Our essential services are already stretched. We are now left with cuts that are going to affect our services.”

“These cuts will mean a lower quality education and health system for the people of Western Australia.

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