Leave penalty rates for workers alone
Melissa Price’s support for changes to penalty rates for workers in the Durack electorate is disappointing.
It is with much dismay that the member who has been elected to be the voice of those living in Durack wishes to promote such a move that will reduce the quality of living for everyday working Australians — all to benefit business profits.
I would like to remind Ms Price and the companies and business she is attempting to protect that if these hard-working victims of the hospitality industries do not earn enough to have a disposable income to dine out, utilise facilities or purchase luxury products, it will be to the detriment of the wider community.
Reduced occupancy in venues will see the need for staffing drop, and families will further lose income from businesses trying to save a dollar.
To further rub salt into the wounds of hospitality workers, there are no talks of dismantling the laws that allow restaurants, cafes and bistros to charge extra on public holidays, which would be effectively double dipping if penalty rates were decreased.
At a time when all efforts should be placed on diversifying industries and encouraging growth, cutting penalty rates does not make hospitality look more appealing for future development.
Penalty rates for low-paid workers are not the issue, nor is protecting the profits of business — your job, Ms Price, is to look after the whole electorate that you were voted in to represent.
Instead of attacking the income of those in your electorate, what are you going to do to improve or fix the many issues you have chosen to ignore?
Maybe ensuring local people get jobs, rather than FIFO workers, and making sure local businesses win contracts, rather than Perth or Eastern States companies, would be a good start.
Karratha Labor Party members