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Hospitality and retail staff to be affected by reduced Sunday and public holiday penalty rates

Published: February 24, 2017

The Fair Work Commission has ruled to have full-time and part-time worker’s Sunday and public holiday penalty rates reduced.

While this means businesses will now be able to employ more staff on the weekend or even change their opening hours to include the weekend, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Australian workers in the hospitality and retail industry could lose up to $6,000 a year.

The Fair Work Commission’s president, Iain Ross, said “Many of these employees earned just enough to cover weekly living expense”.

President of ACTU, Ged Kearney, believes that no positive outcome could be achieved by this ruling stating that “It will simply mean people whose pay have been cut will have to work more hours, work longer shifts.”

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