Victoria to examine penalty rates cut


Union rally in melbourne to oppose penalty rates cut. Source: Twitter

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 9 March: The Andrews Labor Government has today moved a motion to establish a Parliamentary Committee to examine

the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates.

The Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee will look at the impact of penalty rate cuts on award reliant

workers, women, and young people across our state.

It will explore how the state can act to protect workers and prepare a final report by 1 September 2017.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “We want to hear from ordinary Victorians about how this decision will hurt their ability to earn a decent wage and look after their families.”

“We will also be looking at ways to protect thousands of Victorians from these attacks on their living conditions.”

The Commission’s decision will result in a cut to a range of Sunday and holiday penalty rates, hitting young

workers and women in the fast food, retail and hospitality sectors the hardest.

The Commission is now considering even more penalty cuts in the hair and beauty, tourism, clubs and restaurant

industries. This could leave even more Victorians facing a cut to their take home pay.

Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins says, “The Liberals support these cuts and they refuse to defend Victorian workers against these attacks.”

“Penalty rates are fair, and I will fight to ensure that every worker in this state is treated fairly.”

Despite the widespread damage this will have on many workers the Victorian Liberals support the cuts.

In stark contrast, the Labor Government made a submission to the FWC review strongly opposing any change to penalty rates.

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