Next Round of Penalty Rate Cuts as Turnbull Gives Himself a Pay Rise



United Voice, the hospitality union is disappointed that more hospitality workers will receive a pay cut, while Malcolm Turnbull gets a pay rise.

United Voice, the hospitality union is disappointed that more hospitality workers will receive a pay cut, while Malcolm Turnbull gets a pay rise.

On Sunday July 1st, hospitality workers will lose approximately $16 for working their Sunday shift, compared to doing the same work as last weekend in what is the next step towards hospitality workers losing $40 a week or over $2,000 a year once the full cuts are implemented.

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said the cuts will impact many Australians.

“When a lot of people are already struggling, these cuts are only going to make things worse,”

“Penalty rates help many people put food on the table. This cut will mean a lot of people will go without.”

The cuts are the second in the three round process and will happen on the same day as Malcolm Turnbull receives a $10,000 pay rise.

Ms Smith said this is a clear display that Malcolm Turnbull is out of touch.

“It is wrong when someone gets a pay rise the day they cut everyday Australians wages,”

“This just goes to show that Malcolm Turnbull and the Federal Liberal Government are out of touch. When people are struggling, you shouldn’t keep taking away from them.”

Since the cuts are not compulsory, Ms Smith said employers can choose not to cut their workers’ wages.

“You don’t have to cut your staff’s penalty rates; instead you can make sure they are paid fairly for giving up their weekends and public holidays.”

United Voice members have been campaigning to save penalty rates for years and will continue to campaign into the Federal election.

“We have a chance in this next election to make sure we never lose our penalty rates again,”

“Don’t just accept these cuts - Join your union, let’s stand together and fight for what you are entitled.”

Authorised by Carolyn Smith, Perth WA.

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