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

Fran Hayes
Janet Donald
Isobel Bothwell
Margurite Smith
Christina Morton
Toby Dobson
Martin Connolly
El Woods
Jeanette Newberry
William Miller
Mark Crasti
Lydia Turner
Peter Ross
Janet Collins
Gary Cafe
Rika Bolton
Irena Ward
Wayne Daubney
Sean Corrigan
John Bartholomew
Holly Rebeiro
Rosie Wagstaff
Dominique Millar Millar
Ian Eckhard
Beverley Adkins
Emma Doran
Perry stapleton
Janet Howse
Kerin O'Halloran
153 signatures

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  • Fran Hayes
    signed 2018-07-02 08:36:09 +1000
  • Janet Donald
    signed 2018-07-02 08:13:08 +1000
  • Isobel Bothwell
    signed 2018-07-02 08:01:46 +1000
  • Margurite Smith
    signed 2018-07-02 07:54:51 +1000
  • Christina Morton
    signed 2018-07-02 07:49:54 +1000
    If the ’ordinary’working taxpayer has nothing left because the cost of living in this ridiculous state , being so can there be anything over to support your local coffee shops etc…(You can’t even park anywhere without worrying about getting booked for a minute over !). ..too much greed ..not enough compassion and general ’caring’about the people….Totally out of control and no improvement in sight.
  • Toby Dobson
    signed 2018-07-02 07:49:46 +1000
  • Martin Connolly
    signed 2018-07-02 07:42:17 +1000
    Martin Connolly
  • El Woods
    signed 2018-07-02 07:38:42 +1000
  • Jeanette Newberry
    signed 2018-07-02 07:17:54 +1000
    I lived in Queensland in the 70’s where everyone relied on penalty rates working in Hospitality to get by. They could employ a lot of people part and full time so everyone was employed.

    The Unions were very strong in those days but when John Howard started his Work Plan and gave all the power to the Employer to change conditions or sack people the Unions just disappeared.
  • William Miller
    signed 2018-07-02 07:13:19 +1000
    Slashing the incomes of workers is not the way to improve the health and well being of the people. Nor is it the way to improve the health and well being of the economy. Nor is it the honest way of improving productivity; in this regard it is a deceit a smoke and mirrors falsehood. Nor does it deliver socio-economic justice.

    Cutting workers incomes results in the opposite of all those objectives. Most Australians understand all of the foregoing. But our current Government does not, So we have to stand up and fight them, when really we just want to surf get on with working to earn a decent just a fair wage which enables us to feed clothe educate and house our families keeping them healthy and strong in a just and fair society. That is the the Australian way. It is very evident that the Liberals just dont get it.
  • Mark Crasti
    signed 2018-07-02 06:52:46 +1000
    Thank you for supporting the people who do the work in this country. Big business is a deceptive animal that predates on its sustenance (the workers). Maintain the rage.
  • Lydia Turner
    signed 2018-07-02 06:38:26 +1000
  • Peter Ross
    signed 2018-07-02 06:19:08 +1000
  • Janet Collins
    signed 2018-07-02 05:54:03 +1000
  • Gary Cafe
    signed 2018-07-02 04:51:26 +1000
  • Rika Bolton
    signed 2018-07-02 04:26:55 +1000
  • Irena Ward
    signed 2018-07-02 01:57:08 +1000
  • Wayne Daubney
    signed 2018-07-02 01:54:28 +1000
  • Sean Corrigan
    signed 2018-07-02 01:37:08 +1000
  • John Bartholomew
    signed 2018-07-02 01:11:47 +1000
    More for the megabludgers, less for those who actually contribute to Australia’s economy and society. Labor would do well to pledge to repeal every single law passed by the LNP since Abbott was elected in 2013.
  • Mary Kernaghan
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-02 00:41:02 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect our Penalty Rates
  • Holly Rebeiro
    signed 2018-07-01 23:52:31 +1000
  • Rosie Wagstaff
    signed 2018-07-01 23:45:29 +1000
  • Dominique Millar Millar
    signed 2018-07-01 23:31:03 +1000
  • Ian Eckhard
    signed 2018-07-01 22:55:08 +1000
  • Beverley Adkins
    signed 2018-07-01 22:43:57 +1000
  • Emma Doran
    signed 2018-07-01 22:40:22 +1000
  • Perry stapleton
    signed 2018-07-01 22:24:01 +1000
  • Janet Howse
    signed 2018-07-01 22:09:36 +1000
  • Kerin O'Halloran
    signed 2018-07-01 22:05:10 +1000
    KM OHalloran