Money Union warns WA workers to brace for next round of penalty rate cuts

04:40  11 june  2018
04:40  11 june  2018 Source:   watoday.com.au

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Share: On July 1 penalty rates will be reduced by a further 10 per cent, and in some cases, 15 per cent.

Union warns WA workers to brace for next round of penalty rate cuts squib. by The Sydney Morning Herald 4 days ago. On July 1 penalty rates will be reduced by a further 10 per cent, and in some cases, 15 per cent .

Pharmacy workers will be hit the hardest, with a 15 per cent pay cut to come into effect on July 1.© Reuters Pharmacy workers will be hit the hardest, with a 15 per cent pay cut to come into effect on July 1.

WA's peak union body has warned around 60,000 Western Australians can expect a further drop in their pay due to a looming penalty rate cut set for next month.

On July 1 penalty rates will be reduced by a further 10 per cent, and in some cases, 15 per cent.

The rate cut will affect those working in WA's fast food, retail, hospitality and pharmacy sectors, and since the decision was made, Australia's union bodies voiced their anger over the perceived impact the rate cut would have on some of the country's most vulnerable workers.

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Union warns WA workers to brace for next round of penalty rate cuts . On July 1 penalty rates will be reduced by a further 10 per cent, and in some cases, 15 per cent. watoday.com.au.

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“Starting on July 1, around 60,000 West Australians will get a further pay cut when working Sundays or public holidays," UnionsWA secretary Meredith Hammat said.

"These cuts will harm our local economy in WA. These working people in the fast food, retail, hospitality and pharmacy sectors are already among the lowest paid in our community.

“Even taking into account the recent National Pay Case wage increase, many working people will be worse off for their Sunday and weekend work.

“This is unfair. There is no clear evidence that cutting penalty rates will create more jobs.”

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“Employers profit from pay cuts, some employers will reinvest by hiring more staff and others just put it in their pocket.

“One certainty is that cutting pay for those already on a low pay is unfair.”

Meredith Hammat.© Supplied Meredith Hammat.

According to the Business Council of Australia, the reduction in penalty rates were needed to reflect a 24/7 economy and that Sunday hours were no more unsociable than Saturday, which they will progressively be shifted in line with.

Employers also reported they would increase employment if penalty rates were reduced in Australian Industry group surveys relied on as a key body of evidence by Fair Work in reaching its decision.

Fair Work justified its decision in March last year by arguing a gradual reduction in penalty rates would result in more trading hours, an expansion in the level of services offered and an increase in overall hours worked.

Months later, the Federal Court dismissed a case brought by United Voice and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association to have the penalty rate changes overturned after it found the Fair Work Commission had met its legal obligation to workers.

The first round of penalty rate cuts occurred in 2017, which saw Sunday and public holiday work rates slashed by 5 per cent.

The full rollout of penalty rate reductions is expected to be completed in 2020.

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