Stop-work action to defend penalty rates!
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The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has correctly described the Fair Work Commission's decision to slash penalty rates as "the biggest wage cut since the Great Depression".
With that being the case, a determined response by the trade union movement is in order.
The avenues of lobbying have been exhausted. It's time to step up the campaign and use our industrial strength to stop this unjustified wage cut. If we accept penalty rate cuts in hospitality, retail and fast food, other sectors will soon seek to follow suit.
We the undersigned, call on the ACTU to:
- Call a one-day national stop-work action, with rallies in all major cities, to demand legislation that protects penalty rates in all Awards. Send a strong message to employers, and the parliament, that workers will not stand for this attack.
- Co-ordinate action to target particular wage-cutting employers with pickets, protests, occupations and boycotts. Use our collective strength to push back against rogue bosses.
- Adopt a policy whereby no ACTU affiliate is authorised to sign off on a workplace agreement that undermines penalty rates in any way. We need a clear movement-wide policy that agrees that penalty rates are sacrosanct.
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