ONLY FEDERAL LABOR HAS A PLAN TO ARREST LOW WAGES GROWTH AND INSECURE WORK

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Employment Brendan O’Connor joined the Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird and Labor’s candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips in Port Kembla on Wednesday to talk with local workers about their concerns over job security and low wages growth.   Workers at Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) are stuck in a protracted workplace dispute as they fight for fair pay and conditions. The have faced a lock out by the company, the decision to terminate their agreement and are fighting to keep job security clauses in their agreement to protect against the casualisation of the workforce through labour hire. Continue reading

LIBERALS SHAFT STEEL RECOMMENDATIONS

The release today of the Australian Government’s response to the Senate Economics References Committee Report: Australia’s steel industry: forging ahead, is yet another low blow from the Liberals when it comes to steel. The Liberals have now firmly stated that they do not support developing an over-arching steel policy. The Liberals have accepted none of committees’ 28 recommendations.   Continue reading

AGED CARE COMMITMENT WON’T FIX ISSUES CAUSED BY COALITION

Too little, too late. More than 30,000 locals in the electorate of Whitlam are aged over 65 (almost 20 percent of the total population) and around 3,500 are aged over 85.  In Cunningham, almost 27,000 people are over the age of 65 (over 17 per cent) and around 4,208 are aged over 85.There are more than 1000 people in the Illawarra and 614 in the Southern Highlands who are in the National Prioritisation Queue for home care packages. These people have been placed in the queue based on their individual needs and circumstances. Continue reading

NEW HUGE FAN TO HELP KEEP GREENACRES STAFF COOL!

Keeping cool in summer will no longer be a problem for workers at Greenacres with the addition of a brand new “Big Ass Fan” in Building 1 of the Enterprise facilities at Ralph Black Drive. Sharon Bird was pleased to switch on the new huge fan that was made possible with a $7,500 grant through the Stronger Communities Programme Round 4. The total project cost was $15,000. Continue reading

TAFE AND APPRENTICES CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER TERM OF LIBERAL CUTS

The commencement of a new TAFE year is a reminder of the stark difference between Federal and NSW Labor and the Liberals when it comes to TAFE funding, skills education and apprenticeship training.      The Liberals are failing to stop the decline, they are failing to invest in training trades people and they are failing to invest in TAFE. Continue reading

LABOR’S FAIR GO FOR OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Illawarra Labor MPs have gone ‘back to school’ today highlighting a range of initiatives for all local schools in the region, including just over $61 million in additional funding if a Shorten Labor Government is elected this year. This means that schools like Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts will receive about $1.35 million in extra funding; Warilla High School will receive about $1.54 million in extra funding and Vincentia High School will receive about $1.65 million in extra funding over three years respectively. Continue reading

STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF THE MV MARILOULA & MV LOWLANDS BRILLIANCE FROM BLUESCOPE FREIGHT SERVICES

Illawarra Labor MPs have expressed their support for the sacked workers, many of whom come from the Illawarra. Crew members from the MV Mariloula and MVLowlands Brilliance today met with Illawarra Labor MPs to brief them about the effect this decision will have on them and their families. Continue reading

LOCALS REMINDED THAT SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE

Locals in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands are being reminded that it is now possible to make submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Announced late last year, the Royal Commission will look into abuse and cover-ups in the aged care sector. Continue reading

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DESERT ROSE HOUSE TEAM – IT’S TIME TO BRING THE COMPETITION TO WOLLONGONG

Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird MP, and State Member for Wollongong, Paul Scully MP, congratulated the Desert Rose House Solar Decathlon team made up of students from the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra on achieving second place in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Continue reading

LABOR SCHOOL FUNDING SET TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

The effects of the Government’s cuts to the education system in the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands have been laid bare today. New research from Macquarie University revealed inequality has increased Australia wide, with results showing public schools are worse off than non-government schools – especially those in disadvantaged areas. Continue reading