Why is this important?
After a long campaign by the employers and the Coalition, the Fair Work Commission cut penalty rates for people working in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacies. At a time when we are experiencing record low wages growth, more people than ever depend on penalty rates to pay the bills.
Penalty rates aren't a bonus, they're a core part of our rights at work. Weekend and public holiday penalty rates compensate people working unsociable hours to keep our community running while the rest of us spend time with our loved ones.
At the end of 2017, we have a chance to reverse this decision and protect penalty rates in law.