Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said union claims workers in Grey will “lose
millions” when penalty rate changes are
in place are simply ridiculous.
claims are a deliberate campaign undermining Fair Work Australia’s decision on
penalty rates and it is simply laughable that the McKell Institute, union funded
and led by an ex Labor MP says workers in Grey stand to lose $14m,”Mr Ramsey
has travelled past Gepps Cross would know there is very little open in retail
and hospitality in the Grey electorate on Sundays and Public Holidays.
are the big chains like Coles, Woolworths, McDonalds and KFC, all with existing
Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA’s) negotiated with relevant unions and that
will remain unaffected. This fact was not taken into consideration in the
that these huge national companies have already negotiated lower rates of pay
for these workers than those proposed by Fair Work Australia is an issue for
the workers to take up with their unions, but certainly the secret deals
exposed by the Heydon Royal Commission should have everyone asking just whose
side they are on. Ironically the union deals give national chains a distinct
advantage over our small businesses.”
said the Australian Chamber of Commerce said the research and assumptions of
the McKell report are fundamentally flawed.
“It is easy
to see why with more than half of the Grey electorate living in small country
towns where virtually nothing is open on Sundays. These figures are absolutely
without foundation,” he said.
years of deliberations FWA has reduced the size of penalty rates on Sundays and
Public Holidays because they consider the current rates are destroying job
opportunities. I am often asked why more retail and hospitality are not open
during these times and the answer is that wages are too high so businesses are
forced to use family workers or close.
Work Australia decision still mandates substantially higher loadings on Sundays
and Public Holidays and anticipates the modest reduction will give employers the
opportunities to extend trading hours and employ more of our young people thus stimulating
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