Penalty rate cuts in the Hunter will be deeper on July 1

This Sunday, July 1, workers in retail and hospitality in the Hunter will see even bigger cuts to their penalty rates.

Labor introduced legislation this week that if passed, would stop cuts to penalty rates, which will affect 11,394 people in the Hunter electorate.

Labor’s bill will restore penalty rates in awards and ensure they can never be cut again.

“Stopping the cuts to penalty rates would be easy if only Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberals and Nationals dropped their disregard for workers, joined Labor and supported this bill,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.

“But they won’t, because they want Australian workers to get a pay cut. These workers stand to lose up to $77 per week from cuts to penalty rates.

“1 in 5 workers, in the Hunter work in the retail, food and accommodation industries affected by the cuts.”

The cuts will continue on 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

“Penalty rates are not a luxury, they are what pay the bills and put food on the table,” Mr Fitzgibbon added.

“It’s staggering that at a time when wages growth has hit record lows, and in the week this government is trying to give big business an $80 billion tax cut, Malcolm Turnbull is doing nothing to stop a pay cut for workers.

“The Turnbull Government has had eight opportunities in the Parliament to protect penalty rates and they have voted against protecting them every time.

“Turnbull’s position is a slap in the face for low paid workers, who this Sunday will have their penalty rates cut again. This time the cuts will be even deeper.”

Labor is completely opposed to any cuts to penalty rates for Australian workers.


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