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Workers' wages are going backwards

18 August 2021

Workers’ wages in Australia are more than remaining dismally stagnant – they are in fact going backwards in real terms. The latest Wage Price Index data released today shows that real wages have fallen by 2.1% over the last 12 months. In this quarter, wages growth has been only 0.4%, while inflation in Australia has increased to 3.8%.

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TAFE investment would fuel future workforces

11 August 2021

Critical industries like childcare, ICT, carpentry and plumbing are at risk of significant workforce shortages, which would undermine the strength of Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery according to the Australian Education Union.

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Investment for two years of universal preschool must be new national goal

4 August 2021

The National Cabinet should prioritise investment for every child to attend two years of preschool, in the same way Australian governments provide universal primary and secondary education.

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EduTECH Conference 2021

29 July 2021

The EduTECH Australia Conference, which was due to be held as a hybrid event on 17-18 August in Melbourne, has now been moved to a free, fully online event. EduTECH brings together educators and solution providers to exchange and explore ideas, techniques and technology, with the aim of improving teaching, training and learning in Australia and the world. Find out more and register for the sessions of interest to you.

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Teachers’ union launches campaign calling for end to wages cap

26 July 2021

The State School Teachers’ Union has today launched a campaign calling for an end to the cap on wages for public school teachers and lecturers.

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The cap on teachers' pay simply doesn't add up any more

26 July 2021

Western Australia’s economy is handling the impacts of COVID-19 better than anyone anticipated and we’re expecting a multi-billion dollar surplus in the next budget. But at the same time that our economy is booming, education funding per child is falling and teachers’ wages are stagnant.

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News archive 2020

The Public Good Campaign Launch

UnionsWA, in collaboration with key public sector unions in WA and community supporters has today launched a new “The Public Good” campaign. It will have a major focus on promoting the important role of public services and the public sector workforce leading up to and beyond the 2021 WA state election.

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TAFE funding boost must be at heart of post-COVID-19 VET response

Restoration of the billions of dollars of funding cut from TAFE over the past decade must be at the heart of any Commonwealth response to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector post-COVID-19.

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Protect education for the common good

Education is both an individual and collective right. It gives every person an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a meaningful life. It is also a nation’s most precious tool to achieve economic growth, social progress and democratic development.

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IDAHOBIT Day

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) falls on 17 May. IDAHOBIT was started in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination and harassment experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics (LGBTIQ).

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Media release: Encouraging signs but safety concerns remain in schools

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA said a new survey of members found there are encouraging signs that COVID-19 precautions are being managed in schools, but some areas need attention before student numbers increase.

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