Today penalty rate cuts kick in for up to 700,000 Australians in the retail, hospitality, fast food and pharmacy sector – pay cuts that will continue every 1 July until 2020.
8,689 people in Bass will receive a pay cut because Malcolm Turnbull has done nothing to protect low paid workers.
Because of Malcolm Turnbull, millionaires will today have more money in their pockets receiving a $16,400 tax cut, and low-income workers will have less.
The parliament had the power to stop penalty rates being cut, but Malcolm Turnbull refused to act.
Labor will continue to fight to protect penalty rates for Australian workers in Bass every day until the next election and we won’t let the Turnbull Government get away with this assault on the wages of low paid Australians.
As an opposition, Labor has fought on behalf of workers to stop these cuts from occurring. As a government, we have committed to reversing these pay cuts – and making sure it can’t happen again.
Labor’s legislation will reverse the recent decision to cut penalty rates and also change the law to protect the overall take-home pay of working Australians as a result of future decisions.
Members of the Turnbull Government campaigned for cuts to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates – and Malcolm Turnbull hasn’t lifted a finger to stop these cuts from coming into effect.
Mr Hart says, “Malcolm Turnbull will pay the price for this betrayal at the next election – working and middle class Australians will make sure of it.
“At a time when wages are declining in real terms, there could not be a worse time to cut the wages of up to 8,689 workers in Bass.
“There is a clear choice at the next election. A vote for Bill Shorten and Labor is a vote for decent wages and fair penalty rates. A vote for Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals is a vote for lower wages.”
ROSS HART MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BASS