COUNT DOWN: ONLY TWO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS LEFT IN WA BEFORE PENALTY RATES ARE CUT

TIM HAMMOND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PERTH

COUNT DOWN: ONLY TWO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS LEFT IN WA BEFORE PENALTY RATES ARE CUT

After today, there are only two public holidays left before wages are cut for hospitality and retail workers in WA.

Hard working Australians in Perth who gave up time with family and friends to work yesterday’s Easter Monday public holiday will see their wages cut by the Turnbull Government’s refusal to stop the cut to penalty rates.

If Malcolm Turnbull is lost for gifts this Easter, Labor has an idea – supporting Labor's Bill to protect penalty rates would be wonderful Easter treat for hundreds of thousands of Australians.

Workers employed under the hospitality, restaurant, retail, fast food and pharmacy Awards will all be impacted by the cuts to penalty rates.

Just how many chances does this out of touch Prime Minister need to show an ounce of support or empathy for Australia's lowest paid workers? 

Malcolm Turnbull can no longer pretend that the Government can't do anything about the devastating cuts to penalty rates, and must act to protect low paid workers. 

If the Prime Minister truly cared about protecting workers he must support Labor’s Bill in the Parliament, which will stop the cuts to penalty rates and protect the take-home pay of workers now and into the future.

Malcolm Turnbull is doing everything he can to give big business a $50 billion tax cut and doing nothing to stop a pay cut for 700,000 workers.

There could not be a worse time to cut workers’ take home pay. 

There is still time for Turnbull and his Government to change their stance and join with Labor to support the take-home pay of Australian workers.