GLOBAL BUSI­NESS Fu­ture of Aus­tralian Sun­day penalty rates still in bal­ance

Fiji Sun - - Business -

A Syd­ney - A de­ci­sion on the fu­ture of Aus­tralian Sun­day penalty rates has been de­layed un­til later in the year. The Fair Work Com­mis­sion (FWC) was ex­pected to rule this month on whether to re­duce Sun­day rates in line with rates on Satur­day for cer­tain in­dus­tries. The work­place watch­dog has in­stead sched­uled an ad­di­tional hear­ing at the end of Septem­ber. In a state­ment, FWC said the Aus­tralian In­dus­try Group needed to pro­vide fur­ther ev­i­dence to sup­port their case for a re­duc­tion. The AI Group’s Stephen Smith said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been lob­by­ing to change penalty rates, with a fo­cus on the fast food in­dus­try.

It fol­lows a sur­vey of em­ploy­ees at McDon­alds and Hun­gry Jacks about their pref­er­ences for week­end work. Mr Smith said he was happy the Com­mis­sion was giv­ing full con­sid­er­a­tion to the is­sue and was op­ti­mistic the Fair Work Com­mis­sion would agree to re­duce Sun­day penalty rates. “When you look at the fast food in­dus­try, the em­ploy­ees in that in­dus­try are typ­i­cally young peo­ple who go to school or have study com­mit­ments dur­ing the week, so most of them want to work on the week­ends.

“It’s an ex­tremely big case.”

AI Group’s Stephen Smith said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been lob­by­ing to change penalty rates, with a fo­cus on the fast food in­dus­try.

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