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

Simone Stockl
Jacintha Symes
Eugenie Greig
Maria Chidzey
Hillary Monckton
Megan Slinning
Barbara Otton
David Topping
Brian Hannant
Hugo Pfandler Pfandler
Douglas Clark
Anne Quested
Christine Johnson
peter bee
Phillip Silove
Stewart Burkitt
Meredith Quinn
Steve Mulley
Madeleine Purdy
Elaine Diffey
Gloria Marsh
Pat. H. Wilson
Bob Fawcett
Wendy Crane
Veronica Dallas
Therese Medhurst
Margot Hilton
Fran Hayes
Janet Donald
151 signatures

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  • Simone Stockl
    signed 2018-07-02 15:10:33 +1000
  • Jacintha Symes
    signed 2018-07-02 15:05:25 +1000
  • Eugenie Greig
    signed 2018-07-02 14:59:52 +1000
  • Maria Chidzey
    signed 2018-07-02 14:56:51 +1000
    disgraceful, tax cuts for big companies and wage cuts for the low paid workers., disgraceful
  • Hillary Monckton
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-02 14:34:24 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect our Penalty Rates
  • Hillary Monckton
    signed 2018-07-02 14:33:56 +1000
  • Megan Slinning
    signed 2018-07-02 13:53:13 +1000
    I agree with Wayne Swan. The wealth concentration in Australia and the rest of the world is bad enough already. How can it be OK for the top 8 people to own 50% of the world’s wealth. Penalty rate cuts will create more desperate, miserable working poor people. I understand English. I understand Turnbull’s reasoning behind the company tax cuts, with regards to other countries company tax rates . And the international competition for investment $£€¥. HOWEVER, this ultimately just leads to the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. And maybe soon there will be a report revealing that the world’s top 4 people own 50% of the world’s wealth. I am not writing about " the politics of envy ". I am writing about world wide community financial injustice.
  • Barbara Otton
    signed 2018-07-02 13:51:44 +1000
  • David Topping
    signed 2018-07-02 13:51:08 +1000
  • Brian Hannant
    signed 2018-07-02 13:32:58 +1000
  • Hugo Pfandler Pfandler
    signed 2018-07-02 13:22:48 +1000
  • Douglas Clark
    signed 2018-07-02 12:27:52 +1000
    An appalling level of cynicism even for this Completely visionless Prime Minister whose only objective is to be Prime Minister.
  • Anne Quested
    signed 2018-07-02 11:47:42 +1000
  • Christine Johnson
    signed 2018-07-02 11:45:23 +1000
    Christine Johnson
  • peter bee
    signed 2018-07-02 11:27:51 +1000
  • Phillip Silove
    signed 2018-07-02 11:14:06 +1000
  • Stewart Burkitt
    signed 2018-07-02 11:10:51 +1000
  • Meredith Quinn
    signed 2018-07-02 11:09:45 +1000
    You can’t seriously think people at the bottom deserve being hit over and over. It’s thuggish and despicable. We all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Try it.
  • Steve Mulley
    signed 2018-07-02 10:54:10 +1000
  • Madeleine Purdy
    signed 2018-07-02 10:41:09 +1000
  • Elaine Diffey
    signed 2018-07-02 10:39:35 +1000
    Low paid workers rely on penalty rates for their basic living expenses. Income inequality is a major issue for Australia and erodes our democracy.
  • Gloria Marsh
    signed 2018-07-02 10:11:02 +1000
  • Pat. H. Wilson
    signed 2018-07-02 10:00:56 +1000
  • Bob Fawcett
    signed 2018-07-02 09:54:05 +1000
  • Wendy Crane
    signed 2018-07-02 09:39:37 +1000
    Cutting penalty rates is just plain wrong.
  • Veronica Dallas
    signed 2018-07-02 09:19:43 +1000
  • Therese Medhurst
    signed 2018-07-02 09:13:24 +1000
  • Margot Hilton
    signed 2018-07-02 08:49:11 +1000
  • Fran Hayes
    signed 2018-07-02 08:36:09 +1000
  • Janet Donald
    signed 2018-07-02 08:13:08 +1000