Kerr pe­ti­tions re­ver­sal of penalty rate cuts

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

ALP can­di­date for Indi, Eric Kerr, launched a petition on Fri­day ask­ing Par­lia­ment to re­peal its re­cent cuts to penalty rates, claim­ing that stud­ies have shown that these have not de­liv­ered the out­comes promised.

“A re­cent Par­lia­men­tary en­quiry found that the cuts to penalty rates have been dev­as­tat­ing for re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans and women - two groups in our so­ci­ety which can least af­ford a cut in their real wages,” Mr Kerr said.

“It also found that there was no ev­i­dence of the promised ben­e­fits - work­ers did not get ex­tra hours and no new jobs were cre­ated.”

“The changes to the law didn’t work the way we were promised they would. If some­thing doesn’t work, it sim­ply makes sense to get rid of it.”

“There’ll be many fam­i­lies in Indi who will be din­ing out over the Christ­mas pe­riod,” he said.

“They need to be aware that the peo­ple serv­ing them have given up time with their own friends and fam­ily over the fes­tive sea­son.”

“Sign­ing a petition to say that this isn’t ac­cept­able is a small ges­ture of good will to­wards oth­ers.”

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