Protect Penalty Rates

Malcolm Turnbull has just allowed the penalty rates of hundreds of thousands of retail and fast food workers to be cut.

The Fair Work decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates means that every year $1 billion dollars will be ripped from the pockets of Australia’s retail and fast food workers.

Money they need to put food on the table, to pay the bills, to put the kids through school.

This cut to take home pay will not create a single extra job and could not come at a worse time.

Wages growth is at already at a record low.

Malcolm Turnbull and his Government did not lift a finger to protect the take-home pay for hundreds of thousands of retail and fast food workers.

Tell Malcolm Turnbull that Australian workers need a pay rise, not a pay cut.

Over 700,000 Australians stand to lose wages because of cuts to penalty rates with some losing up $77 a week. Labor will fight this in the Parliament, and before the Fair Work Commission.

Bill Shorten has begun introducing legislation to protect workers from cuts to penalty rates. This legislation would ensure that the Fair Work Commission cannot make cuts to workers' wages below the award wage.

Additionally, Bill Shorten will make a submission to the Fair Work Commission, arguing against all cuts to penalty rates. By sharing how you are impacted by penalty rates, you put the human faces to that submission, and to the public fight for penalty rates.

Unfortunately, Malcolm Turnbull's Government did not make a submission to the Fair Work Commission to argue for keeping penalty rates. Instead, Mr Turnbull and 60 members of his Government have publicly argued for penalty rates to be reduced.