Tony Abbott has a clear choice, writes former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, John Passant. He can rule out any attack on penalty rates or come clean and tell the workers who are paid Sunday penalty rates why he wants to cut their wages.
ONE OF the bosses’ best economic think tanks, working class, taxpayer-funded government agency, the Productivity Commission, has released its Workplace Relations Framework Draft Report.
It recommended (at page 25 of the overview)
‘that Sunday rates in the hospitality, entertainment, retailing, restaurants and cafes industries should be brought into line with Saturday rates.’
There are 4 million workers who work Saturday or Sunday. Contrary to popular stereotyping, many are not students but rather a mother or father giving up time with their kids to earn much need income to put food on the table for them.
Tony Abbott has a clear choice. He can rule out any attack on penalty rates or come clean and tell the hospitality, retail and other targeted workers who are paid Sunday penalty rates why he wants to cut their wages and steal the food from their tables.