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Attacking Penalty Rates Would Result In A Two Tiered Workplace System

The attack on penalty rates alone would result in a two-tiered workplace system with Sunday rates cut for thousands of Australians who work in restaurants, cafes and shops.

Cutting penalty rates for hospitality workers would be the beginnings of a slippery slope where more workers are ultimately expected to work weekend and public holiday shifts for little or no acknowledgement of the personal sacrifice associated with unsociable hours.

Dave Oliver, ACTU Secretary, has said “Wage growth in Australia is already low and the national minimum wage is just 43.3 per cent of average weekly ordinary time earnings – the lowest proportion on record – yet the Productivity Commission wants to drop it even further.”

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