United Voice WA is calling on Member for Swan, Steve Irons to explain his aggressive response to a question about penalty rate cuts.
Whilst out campaigning a member of the public politely asked the member why he had voted to cut penalty rates, which garnered an aggressive and bizarre response.
United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said his reaction was evidence of embarrassment.
“He could have easily and calmly answered that question but instead he went on a rant about everything but penalty rates, it’s really not good enough,”
“Clearly he’s embarrassed and defensive about stripping millions of dollars from workers in his electorate by voting to support cuts to penalty rates.”
In the Swan electorate alone, hospitality workers are facing a pay cut of $21.8 million over the next three years because of penalty rate cuts.
A cut that Ms Smith said workers don’t want and don’t deserve. “People rely heavily on their penalty rates and this pay cut will affect thousands of people,”
“Wages are stagnant and penalty rate cuts will only cause more harm and struggle for hardworking Australian families.”
And while penalty rates in the hospitality, pharmacy and fast food industries have been cut, it’s left workers all over Australia asking who will be targeted in the next round of cuts.
“United Voice members work in some of the lowest paid jobs like disability and aged care and now they are left fearing a cut to their penalty rates.”
Ms Smith said Steve Irons’ response has caused anger and frustration to many Western Australian workers who will be using the election to make a statement.
“We know this election has seen a record number of youth enrollment, an age range prominent in the hospitality industry,”
“They are ready to vote and make their voices heard and all we can say is Steve Irons, you saw this coming.”
To see the full video of the bizarre rant, click here