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

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Janet Mckenzie
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Sandi Joelson
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  • Janet Mckenzie
    signed 2018-06-29 11:33:48 +1000
  • carl kneipp
    signed 2018-06-28 18:56:13 +1000
  • Sandi Joelson
    signed 2018-06-28 05:41:55 +1000
    I will always support workers, unions and the Labor Party. I pray we are successful in the next Federal Election.