Welp. That’s it then – the Fair Work Commission has determined that Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail and fast food workers, in a move that the commission acknowledged would likely cause hardship to some workers.
- Full-time and part-time hospitality workers will have their Sunday penalty rate cut from 175 per cent to 150 per cent.
- Full-time and part-time retail workers will have their Sunday penalty rate cut from 200 to 150 per cent
- Full-time and part-time fast food workers will have their rate cut from 150 per cent to 125 per cent.
Turnbull and his MPs have been pushing to cut penalty rates for years – and now it’s happened. #auspol
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) February 23, 2017
This is a bad day for working Australians. [Struggling workers won’t be able to survive on a 25 or 30 per cent pay cut. We are on the way to seeing a whole class of working poor in this country. We are talking about people who do not earn a fortune. The retail industry made a very healthy operating profit last year. They can afford to pay people decently.