GLOBAL BUSINESS Future of Australian Sunday penalty rates still in balance
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.