Penalty rates are increased rates of pay for working overtime or unsociable hours.
Life is busy, and weekends are important for Australian workers. Penalty rates compensate people for the time they miss out on spending with their families when they have to work on the weekend.
There are up to 4.5 million workers who rely on penalty rates. Workers like police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, retail workers, hospitality workers, workers in manufacturing, in tourism and many other sectors.
So what's the issue? The Liberal Government wants to cut penalty rates.
The argument is that cafes and shops are closed because penalty rates are too high. But there is almost no evidence to support this. Productivity Commission Executive Manager Ralph Lattimore was asked in Parliament in October if he shared former Treasurer Joe Hockey’s view that penalty rates are “profit murder for small business” he said the following:
“Long run profitability is not affected by penalty rates.”
SENATE ECONOMICS COMMITTEE ESTIMATES – 22 OCTOBER 2015
Malcolm Turnbull has never had to rely on penalty rates to get by, he’s never really struggled to pay the bills, it’s not that he’s a bad guy, he just doesn’t understand what it’s like to need penalty rates.
Labor doesn't think it's fair to cut the wages of some of Australia's lowest paid workers.
People that rely on penalty rates use the money to pay the bills and raise their children.
We need to stand together and protect those in our community who will be badly impacted if their penalty rates are cut.
If you agree that low paid workers shouldn't be taking a pay cut, add your name here to call on Malcolm Turnbull not to cut penalty rates.