Yvonne Henderson

Yvonne Henderson

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    'Work in Life Week' targeting employment

    20/09/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Many of Perth's 88,000 high school students will enjoy free films, music, theatre and art during this year's Work in Life Week, which begins tomorrow.
     
    They have been organised to raise awareness of employment issues in the community, particularly among young people who will soon be seeking to join the workforce.
     
    Productivity and Labour Relations Minister Yvonne Henderson said today that one of the week's main attractions would be a mini film festival, with features such as `Spotswood', `Prejudice' and the Charlie Chaplin classic `Modern Times'.     
     
    The events will be taking place at the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge.
     
    Mrs Henderson said youth bands including Los Chasquis, Jim Fisher and Hammer and Tongues would create a carnival atmosphere at the official opening of celebrations tomorrow morning.
     
    "Young people who attend will also be treated to a photographic display of Western Australians in the workforce.  The display is on at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art," she said.
     
    "The display centres on contemporary and historic images of employees, particularly female, Aboriginal and migrant wage and salary earners.
     
    "It is envisaged that viewers who compare the historical and modern images will see a big improvement in the types of work being done."
     
    The week has been organised by the Department of Productivity and Labour Relations.
     
    Mrs Henderson said students and the public would also have free access to a major art exhibition at the Institute.
     
    "Eleven Western Australian artists have contributed more than 60 paintings, sculptures, drawing and other works to a major exhibition centred on the Work in Life theme," she said.
     
    "Some of the works deal with the margins of labour, such as non-unionised employment and unpaid domestic work by women.
     
    "The Department has commissioned a local actor to write a play about workplace issues entitled 'All Work and No Pay', and perform it twice a day with other actors.
     
    "Students will also be competing for cash prizes by expressing their ideas of the ideal future workplace through plays or other performances.
     
    "The competition is an ideal opportunity for students to address important issues, such as the growing conflicts between work and family life as society moves further towards the two-income family."
     
    Mrs Henderson said DOPLAR had also developed a comprehensive educational package including debating topics, classroom activities and an interactive computer program about employment rights and responsibilities.
     
    The Minister opens the week of celebrations at 9.30 am tomorrow at the Perth Cultural Centre in James Street, Northbridge.