The Greens will fight any attempt to wind back awards and cut penalty rates, Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.
A Government submission to the Fair Work Commission’s review of modern awards has revealed the government’s wage cutting agenda, Mr Bandt said.
“Australian workers need to know Tony Abbott is coming after their wages,” Mr Bandt said.
“Tony Abbott and his lieutenants have said Australian workers are overpaid. It is now clear their agenda is to cut workers’ wages.”
“The government is attempting to undermine the Fair Work Commission and has attacked the union movement. Now it is coming after awards, which provide important protections.”
“Any attempt to cut penalty rates would also be another broken promise.”