A pay cut that Australians can't afford and don't deserve

Posted on February 23, 2017

The Fair Work Commission has today announced a decision that cuts the weekend and public holiday pay of hundreds of thousands of retail, hospitality, fast food and pharmacy workers - up to a loss of $6,000 a year for some workers.

These workers can't afford this cut and they definitely don't deserve it. It is nothing short than an attack on the lowest-paid workers in our society.

Together/ASU members stand in solidarity with the retail, hospitality, fast food and pharmacy workers who are being attacked by this cruel and outrageous decision.

Many Together/ASU members work in health services, customer service, airlines, transport and logistics and other essential industries where penalty rates form a significant proportion of our take home pay. Today's announcement does not cut the pay of any of our members but we must fight this decision to avoid the same cuts happening in our industries in the future. We know that it's only a matter of time before big business will try to achieve the same cuts in other areas – especially if their workers are not already union members.

We are opposed to these terrible cuts. Along with members of other unions we're committed to protecting weekend, public holiday and penalty pay.

Here's what you can do today:

  1. Sign a petition to ask the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to intervene and protect the pay of these workers.
  2. Tell a friend – at a time when Australia’s wage growth is lower than ever and young people in particular are finding it harder to get ahead, the response from big business and Malcolm Turnbull is to cut their take-home pay.
  3. Tell a friend to join your union. Today's decision doesn't require employers to cut pay, it just allows them to. The best protection against wage cuts and attacks on your conditions is the same as it has always been: join your union.

Australian workers deserve pay rises, not pay cuts. There's never been a better time to show that union members support each other, build power in our workplaces, protect our conditions and win.

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