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Penalty rate changes to cost $667m: report

May 17, 2017News

A reduction in Sunday penalty rates means workers across country Australia risk losing more than $660 million each year, new modelling shows. The McKell Institute also says the Fair Work Commission’s decision to align weekend […] Read More »

Angry about cuts to Penalty rates? Here’s what you can do

Mar 22, 2017News

Cuts to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will hurt hundreds of thousands of workers across the country – and while it might not affect our industry directly, workers in hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy […] Read More »

Join a union now! A message from Fiona the Underemployed Bettong

Mar 22, 2017News

First Dog on the Moon’s latest cartoon has a serious message: join a union. Check it out via the link: Death by 1,000 penalty rate cuts, starring Fiona the Underemployed Bettong Read More »

Australian principles under attack with decision to cut wages

Mar 7, 2017News

The ABC’s business editor Ian Verrender writes that the recent FWC recommendation to cut penalty rates for some of Australia’s lowest paid workers shows that our strong industrial relations system, decent minimum wage and social security network […] Read More »

Let’s support businesses who won’t cut rates: send your pics!

Mar 5, 2017News

One of our members from the Blue Mountains has sent in the details of a business which won’t be cutting Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for its staff. Glenbrook Liquor Store has a sign out […] Read More »

Sunday rate cuts to increase casualisation of the workforce

Feb 28, 2017News

The impact of the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to cut Sunday penalty rates will be felt acutely by the hundreds of thousands of workers who will have their pay slashed by up to $3400 […] Read More »

Penalty rate cuts could backfire on business

Feb 26, 2017News

ABC business reporter Michael Janda explains how cuts to Sunday penalty rates could hurt the economy and increase business failures and job losses. Read more. Read More »

Employers’ pyrrhic penalty rates win reflects self-defeating economics

Feb 26, 2017News

“It’s not that stores and restaurants couldn’t do business on Sundays under the existing rules; any casual observer can attest to the brisk trade that now takes place right through the weekend. It’s just that […] Read More »

Spotted: A Valentine’s Day message for Malcolm

Feb 17, 2017News

Spotted in a Victorian newspaper over the weekend… Read More »

Secretary’s wrap

Jun 24, 2016Secretary's run-down
Bob Hayden, Divisional Secretary

The NSW Budget, handed down by former Transport Minister turned Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian this week, included a number of transport commitments. While most were road related (including $2.9 billion for WestConnex alone), there were also […] Read More »