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ACTU stand against penalty rate cuts

The ACTU today lodged its reply submission to the Fair Work Australia review of the Modern Awards system.

Employers are using the review to try to reduce or remove penalty rates to workers in the fast food, retail and hospitality industries.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said the wages of some workers in those industries equated to less than half the average weekly Australian wage, with a penalty rate cut would send many into poverty.

“Penalty rates have existed for decades to compensate award-reliant workers for the effects that working unsociable hours have on health, family and social life. Taking away their penalty rates would make life simply unaffordable for many of them,” Ms Kearney said.

The ACTU’s submission to Fair Work Australia argues strongly against any attempt to cut or reduce penalty rates.

You can read the submission here: http://goo.gl/F4ovb

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