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ACTU advocating for public holidays, penalty rates

THE ACTU defended workers’ right to public holidays and penalty rates at the 2012 Modern Award Review this week.

ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the current system was weighted against people who worked a non-standard week.

“Australians should not accept the number of public holidays or rights to penalty rates being reduced, and unions will fight to defend them,“ Mr Oliver said.

“A lot of workers now work unusual shifts or regular weeks that aren’t Monday to Friday, which means they miss out on long weekends or penalty rates. For example, a worker who normally worked Sunday to Thursday could still have to work a five-day week when a public holiday falls on a Friday and everyone else gets an extra day off. All Australians deserve public holidays but employers are trying to make sure that workers with non-standard hours continue to miss out.”

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