Some sym­pa­thy for penalty rates

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A POLL on be­half of United Voice last month re­vealed more than half the elec­tors in the fed­eral seat of Swan would vote for a can­di­date who sup­ports penalty rates.

The poll of 765 peo­ple was con­ducted by ReachTEL for the hospitality union. Re­sults show 50.5 per cent of those polled would be less likely to vote for a can­di­date who does not sup­port penalty rates.

How­ever, just 46.5 per cent op­posed cut­ting penalty rates for peo­ple work­ing out­side nor­mal hours, in­clud­ing week­ends and public hol­i­days.

United Voice WA sec­re­tary Carolyn Smith said the poll showed West Aus­tralians did not want to see a cut to week­end rates.

“Any cuts to week­end rates will mean a sud­den pay cut to hun­dreds of thou­sands West Aus­tralians who can’t af­ford it and don’t de­serve it,” said Ms Smith. “Week­ends still mean some­thing for West Aus­tralians.

“For those who serve us in restau­rants or shops, care for our elderly or for us in hos­pi­tals and for those who pro­tect us, week­ends mean work and time away from fam­ily. Penalty rates are com­pen­sa­tion for this.” WHAT THE CAN­DI­DATES SAY: Steve Irons, Lib­eral The Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment is not go­ing to cut penalty rates. The Coali­tion ap­pre­ci­ates the sig­nif­i­cance of penalty rates to work­ers, es­pe­cially the low paid. The Gov­ern­ment’s very firm view is that penalty rates should con­tinue to be set by the in­de­pen­dent Fair Work Com­mis­sion and not the Gov­ern­ment. Tammy Solonec, La­bor Only La­bor will de­fend penalty rates against the ef­forts of Mr Turn­bull’s Lib­er­als to cut them. We now know that more than 60 mem­bers of Mr Turn­bull’s team want to cut penalty rates. At a time when we are fac­ing the slow­est wages growth on record, La­bor sup­ports work­ers’ penalty rates and will op­pose Mr Turn­bull’s at­tempts to cut them. Sarah Nielsen-Har­vey, Greens Many peo­ple, es­pe­cially stu­dents and young peo­ple, rely on penalty rates to sur­vive. Week­end penalty rates, in­clud­ing a higher rate for Sun­days, need to be pro­tected. This lit­er­ally means the dif­fer­ence be­tween make or break for peo­ple, and whether they can pay their rent, elec­tric­ity or wa­ter bill on time.

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