Union says apprentice numbers a cause for action

One of Western Australia’s largest unions says a significant decline in the number of people taking up apprenticeships in the state is a clear signal for urgent government intervention.


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I have a son who has just started an apprenticeship with the MPA (Master Plumbers Assc), he earns less than $8/hr as a 1st yr !, then I think $10, $13 $15 approx as he progresses through his apprenticeship. Do you think there might be a reason why kids are doing noon skilled jobs over apprenticeships (Slave labour and crappy attitudes ???!!!). Now I know you have to do it a bit tough but he had another job over the Xmas break (Meat packing (non skilled) before he started with the MPA) and was earining $17.50/hr and $26+ for overtime and Sat morning ! so there is quite a bit of a gap !!. Encourage kids to do trades over meanial crappy jobs and you may have some resolution to this. This is all excepting the LUDICROUS pay rates that can be achieved (again for low/non skilled jobs) in the mining industry !. Just my 10 cents worth !.

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