WHY ARE WE PAID PENALTY RATES?

Union members won the right to extra financial compensation, in excess of our regular wages, for working on a Saturday, Sunday or on a public holiday. We are entitled to penalty rates on these days because we give up the time we would normally spend with our family and friends to be at work. You cannot refuse a reasonable request from your employer to work on a weekend or public holiday, but your employer MUST pay penalty rates for those hours worked.

DOES THE DECISION AFFECT ME?

Right now the decision only affects workers whose wages are set by the following Awards:

  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010
  • Restaurant Industry Award 2010
  • Fast Food Industry Award 2010
  • General Retail Industry Award 2010
  • Pharmacy Industry Award 2010

Workers under other Awards or on Enterprise Agreements aren’t affected – yet.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Clubs Australia and the hair and beauty industry have now filed claims in the Fair Work Commission to reduce penalty rates in their Awards. We have also seen business groups suggesting other Awards also should have penalty rates reduced and some employers are trying to reduce penalty rates in enterprise agreements.

It is clear business groups are progressively attempting to cut the weekend pay of workers, industry by industry. It’s up to us as union members to stop these cuts in their tracks. Our ability to protect penalty rates and keep weekends special depends on workers coming together in their union.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE?

A lot of the information being put out by those supporting cuts to penalty rates simply isn’t backed up by evidence.

You can see some of the facts about penalty rates here.

HOW WOULD CHANGES TO PENALTY RATES AFFECT YOU?

We know a lot of our members don’t have to work weekends now, but that might change if penalty rates are reduced. We want know how this could affect you. Complete the short survey below.

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