Mr Turnbull, keep your hands off our spouses' pay packets, or prepare to face the ire of homemaker spouses and workers everywhere! We will get you at the polls, we will get you in lost taxes when we spend less money!
Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt said it will only be a "seven-day economy" when Parliament regularly sits on weekends.
"A seven-day economy doesn't mean a seven-day working week," he said.
"The important parts of the weekend should be preserved and if you have to work, you should be paid properly for it." Adam Bandt 2015
Update on the petition on this issue:
An overdue update
APR 2, 2017 — Hello everyone,
I'd like to start with a huge thank you to all the petition supporters. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts, sharing the petition, or simply singing the petition. It means a lot.
Sorry for my lack of updates, I am currently studying Year 12 and time is scarce.
I have spent my time contacting various federal and state Representatives. Majority have failed to even acknowledge me.
Out of several E-mails, one person got back to me. Harry Theonphanus, who wrote to me on behalf of Bill Shorten MP, gave the following response;
Thank you for your email to Bill Shorten about penalty rates and for sharing your petition. I have been asked to respond.
The decision to cut penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast food workers is a devastating blow for the hundreds of thousands of low paid workers that rely on them, and was made possible because Malcolm Turnbull and his Government have been campaigning for their cut. We are also concerned about the flow on impact of cuts to award penalty rates for workers on enterprise agreements.
Labor does not support this incredibly disappointing decision.
Make no mistake, Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal government have been pushing for penalty rates to be cut.
Yet again, the Turnbull Government has let down Australian workers, sitting by and doing nothing to protect workers’ wages. It is unacceptable that more than 60 members including Malcolm Turnbull have called to abolish or cut penalty rates. It's the one thing that unites the Liberal Party and very clearly differentiates it from Labor.
With inequality at a 75 year high, wages growth at record lows and underemployment at record highs, there could not be a worse time for this decision to cut workers’ take home pay.
Labor will never support changes to which leave workers worse off. That’s why Bill Shorten has introduced legislation so that the Fair Work Commission cannot ever vary a modern award in a way that would, or would be likely, to reduce the take-home pay of any employee covered by the award.
If Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to support Labor’s legislation then penalty rates wouldn’t be cut and they’d be forever protected.
Sadly, Malcolm Turnbull and his government don’t support that legislation.
Malcolm Turnbull is happy to see workers get their pay cut and big business get a tax cut.
For Malcolm Turnbull penalty rates might be just business, for Labor it’s personal and that’s why we’ve introduced legislation to protect penalty rates.'
Though I appreciate Harry's reply, continuing to blame the opposition is simply not good enough. It's nice to know that Labor doesn't support the penalty cuts; however, I encourage them to take greater action.
I have tried to contact 7 News, Today Tongiht, 7 News Adelaide, Channel 9 News, South Aussie with Cosi, News.com.au, and 9 News Adelaide about this petition, and all have failed to acknowledge the petition on a public platform.
I will continue to press this issue until I get results. Thank you to everyone who has supported this course thus far, it means the world to me.
If you haven't signed yet, please do! This cut affects low paid workers.
Post a Comment