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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


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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Labor Government Delivers Vital Childcare Reforms

AmyAustralia’s early childhood educators celebrate the next step in their campaign for quality childcare with the release this morning of the guidelines for the implementation of the Early Years Quality Fund.

The Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth, Kate Ellis, made the announcement this morning surrounded by excited educators, relieved to finally be on the path towards the professional wages which are essential for a quality early childhood education and care sector that meets children’s needs.

Michael Crosby, National President of United Voice says “The Early Years Quality Fund is critical to slowing down the exodus of educators from early childhood education and care.

Every week 180 educators leave the sector, driven away by the poverty level wages.

This cannot be allowed to continue.

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