FEDERAL COURT DECISION LETS DOWN TASMANIAN WORKERS
11 Oct 2017
Today’s Federal Court decision to back the Fair Work Commission's cut to weekend penalty rates for fast food, hospitality, retail and pharmacy sectors, is a blow to some of the lowest paid workers in Australia.
“In Lyons this cut hurts around 4000 people who are just trying to do a fair day's work for a fair day's pay," said Brian Mitchell MP.
“I feel like a broken record – but I’ll say it again. Wages are flat, living expenses are through the roof, super is being ripped off too many workers and now we are cutting the pay of people who work while the rest of us enjoy our weekends and public holidays.
“It’s just not good enough.
“Some employers will cheer today's decision but their employees will be worried about making their pay stretch further while their bills get higher.
“Just to rub it in, these workers get paid less while Malcolm Turnbull gives millionaires a $16,400 tax cut and intends giving $65 billion in tax cuts to big banks and big business.
"Tasmanians need more money in their pocket to keep our economy growing, not less."
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11 OCTOBER 2017