Protect our Penalty Rates

Last year penalty rates were cut for up to 700,000 retail, hospitality and fast-food workers. On 1 July 2018, penalty rates were cut again meaning workers could be up to $50 a week worse off.

And workers will continue to have their penalty rates cut every year until 2020. In the electorate of Sydney, around one in five people could be affected by cuts to penalty rates.

Scott Morrison and his Liberals voted 8 times to support cuts to penalty rates.

Labor is completely opposed to these cuts.

We know that for many people, penalty rates pay the bills and put food on the table.

That’s why a Labor Government will restore penalty rates and change the law to make sure they can’t be cut again.

Scott Morrison was the architect of giving big business an $80 billion tax cut, but he has done nothing to protect decent wages. His priorities are all wrong.

If the Prime Minister truly cared about protecting workers he could support Labor's Bill in the Parliament, which will stop his cuts to penalty rates and protect the take-home pay for people who rely on penalty rates into the future.

Will you sign and tell Scott Morrison to stand up for workers for once in his life? 

Tell Scott Morrison to join with Labor to protect the wages and conditions of the lowest paid workers.

"Cutting Sunday penalty rates is really unfair. I work part-time in a bar and earning more on Sundays gives me more free time to study so I can get a good job after university. Now I will have to work more for less money, and it's not like I have a choice. There's no other alternative but to continue working Sundays." Helena Doherty, 24, chemistry student

"Imagine if you slashed the pay of office workers, there would be an absolute outrage, but it's like it's OK to do it to people who serve these office workers. Cut me some slack. No-one can afford a house in Australia and the Government is just making it worse by choosing to cut extras. These decisions always hurt the people that work the hardest." Corey Turk, 25, barista

"I am a bit of a jack of all trades and I only work at this clothing store a few days a week, so the decision to cut Sunday rates isn't going to have a huge impact on my life ... but for single mothers or those who rely on penalties, it's really a disgrace and they will be the ones who pay. Eventually, the politicians in this country need to think about the real people who are affected by the big decisions." Tom Studee, 34, entrepreneur

Who's signing

Tim Vye
Lynne Hutton-Williams
Margaret Park
James Cruz
Nicholas Palmer
Elisabeth Dark
Mailis Wakeham
Anthony Chan
Mary Potter
Kevin Heys
Lyzie Dash
Yota Krili
Annee Lawrence
Jennifer Jungheim
Lola Davidson
Barry J Power
Jane Harvey
Beryl Ford
Rayneil Shandil
Shane Welsh
terence stephens
Lee-ann Hellner
Brenda Debenham
robert gordon
Nic Magnin
Margaret Kelly
Ruth Cox
153 signatures

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Showing 125 reactions

  • Mehar
    signed 2019-05-20 22:29:41 +1000
    How do I “enjoy” a nice relaxed lunch out on weekends when I know that the meal I am having is being served to me by workers who are run off their feet for mere pittance. Its not often you will see a sizable “tip” in their tipping jar . This is Australia, please give them a fair go. Just think, most people generally don’t work weekends because they want to, but because they have to.
  • Tim Vye
    signed 2018-12-18 09:58:07 +1100
    When employers open longer hours they get their premises and their equipment for free. This is a massive saving for them. They should share that benefit as compensation for the inconvenience of working odd hours.
  • Lynne Hutton-Williams
    signed 2018-07-27 15:14:03 +1000
  • Margaret Park
    signed 2018-07-12 17:49:58 +1000
  • James Cruz
    signed 2018-07-11 17:41:15 +1000
  • Nicholas Palmer
    signed 2018-07-11 15:15:51 +1000
  • Elisabeth Dark
    signed 2018-07-10 02:17:51 +1000
  • Mailis Wakeham
    signed 2018-07-09 15:03:06 +1000
    Mailis Wakeham
  • Anthony Chan
    signed 2018-07-08 22:18:08 +1000
  • Mary Potter
    signed 2018-07-06 19:23:59 +1000
    This government becomes more outrageous by the day.
  • Kevin Heys
    signed 2018-07-03 23:34:35 +1000
    The Australia Government is there to make decisions for the benefit of all. The tax cuts are inequitable and uneconomical. The government needs to develop tax measures that guarantee fairness and adequacy for the funding government services and to guarantee a broad spending base for the wider economy. Best wishes. Kevin Heys
  • Lyzie Dash
    signed via 2018-07-03 22:03:13 +1000
  • Yota Krili
    signed 2018-07-03 17:30:57 +1000
  • Annee Lawrence
    signed 2018-07-03 11:39:03 +1000
    Federal MPs have agreed to payrises on offer for them. It is outrageous to cut penalty rates which affect those working in largely casualised labour.
  • Jennifer Jungheim
    signed 2018-07-03 11:31:56 +1000
  • Lola Davidson
    signed 2018-07-03 10:55:20 +1000
  • Barry J Power
    signed 2018-07-03 10:47:50 +1000
    They are beginning to show their True Colors Now, who they represent in Parliament
  • Jane Harvey
    signed 2018-07-03 10:37:54 +1000
  • Beryl Ford
    signed 2018-07-03 10:22:19 +1000
    The workers benefits are always under threat by business and the Coalition Government trying to cut costs, business wants concessions be it tax or subsides and it seems to be heavily loaded in favour of business. Workers deserve these penalties.
  • Sam Forbes
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-02 21:04:00 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect our Penalty Rates
  • Rayneil Shandil
    signed via 2018-07-02 20:06:09 +1000
  • Shane Welsh
    signed 2018-07-02 18:13:26 +1000
  • terence stephens
    signed 2018-07-02 18:01:01 +1000
  • Adam Sutherland
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-02 17:50:23 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect our Penalty Rates
  • Lee-ann Hellner
    signed 2018-07-02 17:48:44 +1000
  • Brenda Debenham
    signed 2018-07-02 17:24:14 +1000
    Well, so our millionaire prime minister can’t live on his bloated salary and needs too take a pay rise. His inflated ego sees him taking home more than any other OECD leader. The pay cuts to penalty rates is obscene and demonstrates total disregard for the majority of Australians. Obviously only the 1% are worth considering as pulling their weight.
  • robert gordon
    signed 2018-07-02 17:22:21 +1000
  • Nic Magnin
    signed 2018-07-02 16:58:11 +1000
  • Margaret Kelly
    signed 2018-07-02 15:43:32 +1000
  • Ruth Cox
    signed 2018-07-02 15:35:42 +1000