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Fairwork: Keep our penalty rates!

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The current award rates for those in the Hospitality, Fastfood, Retail and Pharmaceutical areas enable people to receive a logical and fair compensation for their time on a Sunday. Though Sunday was once a work-free family day, it has evolved to another major trading day for some businesses. The Australian Fairwork Commission President, Justice Iian Ross, believes he is able to reduce the Sunday rates of people working in these areas. Ironically, public servants will not be impacted by this. So why should they care?

Majority of the employees in these areas are generally students or young adults. These are the people who need their Sunday rates the most. Working with reduced Sunday rates will cause the employees in these awards to feel unmotivated and may fail to see the point in working.

Some small business owners and employees argue that they cannot afford to open on Sundays because of the current award rates. The simple solution to this is not opening. 

On the 23 of February 2017, the Australian Fairwork Commission announced that Sunday Penalty Rates will be reduced for those who work under specific awards; 

Hospitality & Fast-food workers - 25% off the current rate
Retail - 50% off the current rate 
Pharmaceutical workers - Will have their rates cut by 50% between the hours of 7 and 9am. 

While Casual employees are not impacted by these cuts, they will lose 15% of their Public Holiday Rates. 

We will not be impacted by these unjust award changes without having our say first. If the Fairwork Commission seeks to help small businesses on Sunday, they can do so by cutting their own wages. Why should the people who have worked so hard to secure their Sunday rates be letdown?  

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