Today Malcolm Turnbull had the choice to join with Labor and support our legislation that would to stop unfair cuts to the penalty rates of low income workers, but unsurprisingly he didn’t.
Malcolm Turnbull did what Malcolm Turnbull always does and refused to stand up for workers in this country.
Labor’s Bill ensures that the take-home pay of employees or prospective employees is not reduced as a result of a variation of a modern award.
Simply put the Bill:
• Renders inoperable any determination of the Fair Work Commission implementing the Fair Work Commission decision to cut penalty rates made on 23 February 2017; and
• Amends the Fair Work Act so that the Fair Work Commission cannot vary a modern award in a way that would reduce the take-home pay of any employee covered by the award.
Malcolm Turnbull and the Government don’t support it – they support the cuts to penalty rates.
At the same time as refusing to support our Bill, the Turnbull Government will this week introduce legislation to give big business a $50 billion pay cut, along with its unfair omnibus bill which will see cuts to family payments, paid parental leave, the energy supplement and to young job seekers.
Malcolm Turnbull is happy to see workers get their pay cut and big business get a tax cut. It shows how out of touch he is with the lives of middle and working class families.
This slap in the face to workers by the Turnbull Government comes as inequality is at a 75-year high, wages growth at historic lows and underemployment at record highs.
There could not be a worse time to cut workers’ take home pay.