Contractors taken to the cleaners

WA contractors could be taken to the cleaners to the tune of $38 million if a Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union push to stop the outsourcing of government school cleaning is successful at the Labor Party’s State Conference on June 22 and 23. Cleaning industry contractors fear the union will ultimately push to stop the government from contracting out cleaning for all WA government buildings. If that happens the industry risks losing $60 million worth of business. Full report, Page 3

WASO on the lookout for more brass

THE West Australian Symphony may have missed out on $8 million in Federal funding for its new home but not all hope is lost. Support from the City of Perth and the State Government is assured and, according to the Australian Business Arts Foundation, there are opportunities in the private sector. WASO applied for the Federal Government grant in addition to an $8 million grant from the State Government and $4 million grant and land from the City of Perth. Uncertainty appears to be taking its toll on the organisation. Full report, Page 5

Growth sweetens Dome’s market appeal

DOME Coffees Australia is back on the track to growth, two years after the group put a stock market float on hold. Just 12 months into the job, chief executive Nigel Oakey believes the turbulent times are over and the company can look outward again. Mr Oakey, who gained broad retail management and strategy experience at Shell Australia before becoming a director of a boutique Sydney coffee franchises, Il Gianfornaio, revealed to WA Business News his major plans for Dome’s future. Full report, Pages 6-7

Business wary of CFMEU’s next step

BUILDERS and business are concerned the Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry may inadvertently hand control of WA’s resources sector to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union. There have been indications that the Terrence Cole-led commission will recommend the militant CFMEU be deregistered. Full report, Pages 10-11

Coal puts its case as fuel of choice

THE coal industry has vigorously defended itself against claims its product is outdated, pointing the finger instead at natural gas, suggesting it is a significant source of air pollution in Australia. Last week’s WA Business News included a story about the cleanliness of the respective fuels. In part, the story cited figures that show burning coal releases 80 per cent more carbon dioxide than burning gas. Full report, Page 12

Wayman hitting Perth’s airwaves

EVENTSCORP general manager Linda Wayman will swap Telstra Rally Australia for radio ratings when she takes up the general manager position at Austereo in July. After five and a half years at Eventscorp Ms Wayman has moved into the world of radio. No mean feat for someone who has never worked in the field before. Full report, Page 13

New threat for doctors, chemists

A DECISION by the Full Bench of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission has serious industrial relations ramifications for professional services providers such as doctors and pharmacists. Full report, Page 14

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