Kerr petitions reversal of penalty rate cuts
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.”