With Election Day just around the corner, it’s important to see how the major parties compare on the big policy issues that matter to United Voice members.Read more
Phyllis De Gois, a proud United Voice member for almost forty years, and theatre technician at Royal Perth Hospital says the proposed changes to security at public hospitals is vital to keeping staff and patients out of harmful and violent situations.
On Sunday 1st January Mark McGowan announced new measures which would bring a heightened level of safety to frontline security staff at major public hospitals.Read more
The Western Australian Liberal government has hit a new low with their decision to privatise eight new public schools.
Under the new system a private company will build public schools and then maintain them for 25 years. This means cleaning and gardening services will be privatised.
United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said it was staggering that after more than $268 million in waste following the privatisation of Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Government’s decision was to make the same mistakes again.
“The Government has already slashed funding to public schools, leading 20,000 parents and staff to rally against them back in April,” she said.Read more
On April 1 more than 25,000 essential school staff, parents, children and community members gathered across the state to protest against the Barnett government’s massive cuts to education.
More than $180 million has been slashed from the state education budget meaning schools and children have lost essential staff and access to specialist programs.
Union members from United Voice, the SSTUWA and the CPSU/CSA marched from Langley Park up St George’s Terrace to Parliament House, where they stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with thousands of parents and students to stand up for childrens right to a quality education.
Hear what United Voice Education Members had to say:
United Voice members who work in public schools and hospitals today spoke to the State Parliamentary Standing Committee on Legislation about the effects the proposed Workforce Reform Bill will have on their livelihoods.
United Voice members across the state submitted more than 90 submissions to the committee explaining how the Bill will affect their jobs and their lives.
The proposed Bill will allow the Government to take away the rights United Voice members fought so hard for in their last Enterprise Bargaining Agreement such as allowing the Government to make redundancies within the public service without offering retraining or redeployment opportunities.Read more
Thousands of children returned to school yesterday amid massive education cuts by the Barnett Government.
United Voice members working in public schools are bearing the brunt of the cuts, with 350 full time equivalent positions cut.
At Hillcrest Primary School four Education Assistants positions have been axed.
United Voice member Jenni, who has worked as an Education Assistant at Hillcrest Primary for the past 12 years, says a number of important positions have been slashed at her school.Read more
United Voice members in schools and hospitals are standing strong, sending numerous submissions explaining how they will be affected by the Barnett Government's proposed Workforce Reform Bill.
The proposed Bill will allow the Government to take away the rights United Voice members fought so hard for in their last Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
For example, the Bill will allow the Government to make redundancies within the public service without offering retraining or redeployment opportunities.Read more
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Finally after months of hard campaigning by members, the Premier has caved in and wants to hear member’s thoughts on the Workplace Reform Bill.
The proposed Bill would override the range of conditions that members fought so hard for in their last Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
The Bill will allow the Government to make redundancies within the public service without offering retraining or redeployment opportunities.Read more
Nearly 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.Read more
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.