Senator Xenophon must be clear with the Australian public about whether or not he supports reducing penalty rates.
The Senator today tried to make it sound like he was against cuts to penalty rates, but his opposition only seems to extend to cutting the take home pay of current workers.
“The difficulty I now have with the independent umpire is that it wants to reduce penalty rates for existing employees. I believe that is wrong and I’ll be writing to the Fair Work Commission this week putting to them in the strongest possible terms that workers who are already getting penalty rates should be quarantined on that.”
Senator Xenophon, 20 March 2017
The Senator can’t have it both ways – either he opposes cutting penalty rates or he doesn’t.
If the Senator is happy for the next generation of workers to receive reduced pay, then he must make that clear to workers in the retail and hospitality industry – and to every else in all the other industries where employees receive penalty rates.