Recently released unemployment statistics paint a bleak picture of the Barnett Government’s economic management.
Figures released this week show Western Australia’s unemployment rate is sitting at 6.6%, significantly higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.8%.
This just goes to show that pursuing an agenda of privatisation, putting profits before workers, doesn’t works.
Nobody knows the problems of privatisation better than Allan, a former Fiona Stanley Hospital employee and United Voice delegate.
“I was working at Fiona Stanley Hospital, which was privatised through Serco,” he said.
“After the first year they started getting cuts to staff, which they called a ‘restructure’.”
Allan has stepped up as a Burgundy Wave member, channelling his dissatisfaction with the Liberals into working to change the Government.
“I started at Burgundy Wave to try and make a difference in my electorate in Southern River, and to help Terry Healy get over the line and change our government,” he said.
Burgundy Wavers have been wobble-boarding, phone-banking, and letter-boxing for candidates throughout key electorates such as Swan Hills, Joondalup, and Wanneroo, and working alongside candidates to raise awareness on issues such as unemployment and privatisation.
WA Labor has a comprehensive ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will put additional funding into areas such as hospitality and tourism.
Allan said it would be good to see a State Government with a vested interest in creating more jobs.
“We can make the change,” he said.