This morning United Voice National Secretary Jo-anne Schofield announced that the Union has asked the Fair Work Commission to immediately conclude the penalty rates issue.
United Voice have asked for an ongoing stay to delay the changes, before ultimately taking it to the Federal Court for appeal.
Although the decision to cut penalty rates down on Sundays and public holidays is set to affect workers in areas of hospitality, retail, and fast food, it is acknowledged that these cuts will be just the beginning.
These cuts, if left unchallenged, have the potential to flow on to areas such as Aged Care, Disability Care, Manufacturing, and more.
Jo-anne Schofield described the debilitating effect these cuts have on Australia’s lowest-paid workers, stating:
“Put simply, we cannot turn away and accept a decision that impacts so dramatically on our members and, potentially, on all workers.
“The decision must be challenged.”
The appeal will argue that the Commission has neglected to consider the impact this decision will have on the living standards of low-paid workers.
These cuts are only going to make living on a hospitality wage harder, says United Voice member Henry.
“Any reduction in my take home pay would leave me in a bad way with paying my rent, bills and other living expenses.
“It's already tough enough for me to save money.”