Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon has launched a petition calling on the Liberal-National Government to reverse their position and stop the cuts to Sunday penalty rates that will see up to 700,000 Australian workers be as much as $77 a week worse off.
Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberals and Nationals voted to block laws that would stop the cuts to penalty rates.
Malcolm Turnbull said, “That was the considered decision of the Fair Work Commission, and we accept that decision. We support the decision of the independent umpire because it is their decision.”
We all know the Liberals, the party who introduced WorkChoices, have long been campaigning for cuts to penalty rates.
Labor is the only party that can be trusted to look after workers and their penalty rates and will introduce legislation into the Parliament to do so.
Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon warns there are only a few weeks to pass the legislation before the first cuts to penalty rates take effect at the end of March.
“I’m urging all Australians to go to www.ProtectOurPenaltyRates.org.au and sign the petition,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“I will be campaigning with the community to send a clear message to Coalition MPs to change their vote.
“Penalty rates are not a luxury. They’re what puts food on the table and pays the bills for so many families.
“Taking money away from low-income earners is simply wrong. People earning a low wage live from pay-day to pay-day. Their budgets are tight and a hefty reduction in their wage can be devastating. It can also lead to homelessness and helplessness.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition Government is standing by and doing absolutely nothing while the penalty rates of nearly 11,505 workers in the Hunter could be cut.
“Malcolm Turnbull has the power to stop these devastating pay cuts to workers, that’s why the more people who speak up and add their name, the more pressure we can put on the Government to change their mind and protect penalty rates.”