Labor’s Shadow Assistant Minister, Lisa Chesters MP and Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling MP, will today meet with businesses that have chosen not to pass on the recent cut to Sunday penalty rates.
On 1 July thousands of hospitality, retail and pharmacy workers had their Sunday penalty rates cut. In the Solomon electorate, 8,072 people, or one in seven workers, could be affected by these cuts, losing up to $77 a week from their take home pay.
Mr Gosling said that the Territory will be worse off because of the penalty rate cut.
“Many Territorians, who have worked for many, many years in hospitality, retail and fast food will be affected – they simply don’t deserve this pay cut. It also means that millions of dollars will be ripped from our local economy,” said Mr Gosling.
Not all employers have chosen to pass on these cuts, instead putting their workers first and continuing to pay the penalty rate in full. Ms Chesters and Mr Gosling congratulate all Territory businesses that are choosing not to cut the take home pay of their workers.
“There are a lot of employers out there, like The Cav, Monsoons, Six Tanks and Shenanigans, who want to do the right thing by their staff and acknowledge that working on weekends should be recognised in their pay packets. We congratulate these local businesses who are maintaining full penalty rates for their employees, despite the Federal Liberal Government’s campaign to cut them,” said Ms Chesters.
The Restaurant and Catering Industry last week advised the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that it intends to pursue its application to cut penalty rates, confirming Labor’s fear that these cuts will spread.
“The first round of penalty rate cuts was just the thin edge of the wedge of a broader assault on the take-home pay of Australian workers.”
“Millions of low income workers who rely on weekend penalty rates risk having their pay cut as employers continue to apply for penalty rates to be reduced across a range of other sectors.”
“When wages are declining in real terms, there could not be a worse time to cut wages of Australian workers,” said Ms Chesters.