John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Fairer workplaces bring industrial harmony

    19/12/2006 12:00 PM

    Industrial disputes in Western Australia fell to a record low in the September quarter.

    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures recently released indicate that just 0.3 working days per thousand employees were lost to industrial disputes during the three-month period.

    Employment Protection Minster John Bowler said the figure was significantly less than the national average of 2.3 working days lost per thousand employees, and represented an unprecedented level of industrial harmony in the State’s workplaces.

    “WA lost only 200 working days in total to industrial action in the September quarter - barely one per cent of the 20,000 days lost throughout Australia during this period,” Mr Bowler said.

    “The Carpenter Government has invested heavily in infrastructure and skills training to create fair, safe and productive workplaces.

    “As the figures from the ABS indicate, these investments are returning positive results for all Western Australians.

    “Continued jobs growth and sustained low unemployment have helped to make this State a very attractive place to work and live in."

    The Minister said WA’s labour market continued to perform exceptionally well, notwithstanding the economic downturn that has occurred in the South-Eastern States.

    In November 2006 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in WA fell to 3.1 per cent, by far the lowest of the States and the equal lowest rate ever recorded since the monthly Labour Force series commenced in 1978.

    An extra 8,400 jobs were created in WA in the month of November alone, lifting total employment in the State above 1,077,000.

    “The Carpenter Government is well on track to exceed the target it set itself in 2003 of creating 125,000 new jobs over a five-year period, with 117,300 new jobs created since February 2003," Mr Bowler said.

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