Time is running out for the Prime Minister to finally stand up for Australian workers and reverse his support for cuts to penalty rates.
The Fair Work Commission handed down a decision yesterday that the proposed cuts to late night penalty rates will start on 1 July, and draft determinations for the start of cuts to public holiday penalty rates.
Unless Malcolm Turnbull decides to support Labor to reverse these cuts to the wages of some of the lowest paid working Australians:
• Up to 700,000 Australians will lose up to $77 per week;
• People will have to work longer for less pay;
• Women will be disproportionately affected; and
• Regional communities will have less money spent in their economies.
Cuts to Sunday and Public holiday penalty rates won’t end with the Hospitality, Fast Food, Retail and Pharmacy Awards. Nurses, firefighters, aged care workers and others can expect the Prime Minister to support them having their wages slashed as well.
We saw yet again yesterday that Malcolm Turnbull will attack workers but defend the banks.
While Malcolm Turnbull clearly supports massive cuts to penalty rates from his ivory towers in Sydney and Canberra, Labor will be out in the regions, in the townships, in the communities of Australia, with our clear message – no cuts to penalty rates.