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November 28, 2016

Australian Submarine Corp to stop work amid Government interference in wage bargaining

Australian Submarine Corp to stop work amid Government interference in wage bargaining

Around 100 workers from the Australian Submarine Corps Henderson facility will stop work tomorrow (Tuesday 29 November) as unprecedented meddling by the Federal government continues to choke an enterprise bargaining process that has already dragged on for two years.

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November 17, 2016

AMWU WA partners with MATES in Construction to combat industry suicides

AMWU WA partners with MATES in Construction to combat industry suicides

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union’s Western Australian Branch has thrown its full support behind MATES in Construction, the national not-for-profit group working towards ending suicide in the construction industry.

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October 17, 2016

“True Blue” legend plays for Collie community hit hard by coal company

“True Blue” legend plays for Collie community hit hard by coal company

Australian music legend John Williamson drew a big crowd in Collie on Wednesday as he diverted from his Australian tour to play for the community, which has been buffeted by Lanco Griffin Coal’s attempts to slash pay and impose a FIFO-style roster on local workers.

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October 10, 2016

Welding challenge highlights new trade skills app

Welding challenge highlights new trade skills app

On Friday September 30, close to 50 metal workers gathered at XLT Training in Bibra Lake to take part in a live welding challenge. The event was put together as a way to bring local welders and boilermakers together, and to also film for a new video and global welding challenge.

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October 06, 2016

From the State Secretary - October 2016

From the State Secretary - October 2016

Over the past couple of months we have seen an escalation in conflict between workers and employers around Australia. In the West we have had a continuation of the Griffin Coal maintenance dispute in Collie, while Alcoa is also now trying to cut jobs and remove secure employment from local South-West and southern metro communities.

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October 05, 2016

ALS members hold the line to win against hardball lock-out tactics

ALS members hold the line to win against hardball lock-out tactics

85 ALS workers have won a decent new agreement after hardball employer tactics wilted in the face of sustained union solidarity last month.

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October 03, 2016

RAC Patrols fix up solid new enterprise agreement

RAC Patrols fix up solid new enterprise agreement

They are highly skilled, reliable and resourceful. They are always there when we need them, dedicated to their craft and motorists in need. And now our 80 RAC Patrol members can add sticking together to win a solid new Enterprise Agreement to their bag of tricks, as it was voted up today 51-22 after nine months of tough negotiation.

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September 28, 2016

Why Griffin needs Collie as much as Collie needs Griffin

Why Griffin needs Collie as much as Collie needs Griffin

Mick Murray MLA is a former underground mineworker and AMWU shop steward. He is now Member for Collie-Preston and a Shadow Minister. He has spent a lifetime fighting for the working people of Collie and the South-West. This is his take on the ongoing conflict between the coal industry and employees. "The decision to slash Griffin Coal mine maintenance workers’ wages by a massive 43 per cent has sent shockwaves through my community and raised fears a dangerous new precedent may have been set for the viability of EBAs throughout the country.

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September 19, 2016

Alcoa maintenance workers take stand for job security

Alcoa maintenance workers take stand for job security

Last Thursday 500 AMWU members directly employed on Alcoa World's Western Australian mines and refineries walked off the job in response to the global mining giant’s proposed maintenance Enterprise Agreement. Hundreds of AMWU tradespeople gathered at Pinjarra Oval to discuss the offer before unanimously endorsing a resolution to reject the global multinational’s proposal which would outsource permanent jobs and undermine economic security for hundreds of local families.

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September 06, 2016

Unions condemn Barnett Government inaction on FIFO suicides

Unions condemn Barnett Government inaction on FIFO suicides

The joint leadership of the Western Australian AMWU, ETU and CFMEU, along with families of FIFO workers have condemned the Barnett Government’s failure to implement the recommendations of the bi-partisan Parliamentary inquiry into the Impact of FIFO Work Practices on Mental Health as they presented a petition calling for urgent change to Parliament.

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