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The Public Good Campaign Launch

28 May 2020

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

26 May 2020

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

19 May 2020

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

14 May 2020

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

1 May 2020

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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Chief Health Officer Letter: Advice for parents on returning to school

28 April 2020

COVID-19 member survey results

23 April 2020

Results of the COVID-19 member survey

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Summary of SSTUWA issues in relation to Term 2 school operations

9 April 2020

The SSTUWA is seeking urgent discussions around the following issues for Term 2, 2020. These positions are provided on a “without prejudice” basis, given the rapidly changing information and circumstances.

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Letter to the Minister - 27 March 20

27 March 2020

The SSTUWA has written to the Minister for Education raising a number of issues including calling for pupil free days to start next week, high risk employees to be allowed to work from home, hospital standard cleans of all schools and TAFEs during the holidays, a guarantee of sufficient hygiene products for schools and TAFEs, support services for pupils learning at home, guarantees on pay and leave and realignment of classrooms to meet social distancing requirements. You can see the full letter here.

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An update for you from AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe

27 March 2020

The AEU has won significant commitments that enhance our members’ safety and working conditions across the country following intensive lobbying and negotiations with federal, state and territory governments.

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TAFE essential for a strong economy

20 December 2019

​The Morrison Government’s policy objectives which strip funding from TAFE and privatise vocational education is causing lasting damage to the Australian economy which will take decades to fix.

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Morrison Government continues to undermine TAFE

5 December 2019

​A new report revealing that the Morrison Government cut $325 million in funding from TAFE budgets last year is yet more evidence Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not value TAFE’s crucial role in the provision of high quality vocational education.

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NATSIPA and Te Akatea Maori Principals conference

5 December 2019

The NATSIPA and Te Akatea Maori Principals conference is now live and open for registrations. The early bird rate still applies until the 13 December.

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New Work Health and Safety Act

4 December 2019

An historic moment for SSTUWA OSH Organiser Joy Barrett, leaving State Parliament after the second reading of the new Work Health and Safety Act.

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PISA highlights Morrison Govt’s equity funding gaps for low-SES schools

4 December 2019

The latest OECD report of international school system performance has shown the impact of six years of Federal Coalition government failure when it comes to properly funding and resourcing our public schools.

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Presidents letter to The West Australian - School reviews part of striving for excellence

29 November 2019

The West Australian editorial (p76, 29/11) School reviews part of striving for excellence misses the key point on coverage of the review system.

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Modern work safety Bill welcomed

29 November 2019

​UnionsWA has today welcomed the tabling in the WA Parliament by the McGowan Government of its Bill to modernise workplace health and safety law in WA.

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Message to members from President Pat Byrne

26 November 2019

​The misrepresentation of the new school review process, aimed at schools identifying areas where they need more resources and support, is disgraceful.

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​New WA work health survey; old laws inadequate

11 November 2019

UnionsWA has today released the results of a major work health and safety survey of over 1,500 West Australians.

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Morrison Government preferences funding increases for Catholic schools despite falling enrolments

11 November 2019

The Morrison Government continues to preference funding to Catholic schools despite falling enrolments and in the face of booming student enrolments in the public system, according to new analysis of ACARA finance and enrolment data.

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