Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Penalty Rates; Turnbull Is out of Touch on Wages

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Penalty Rates; Turnbull Is out of Touch on Wages

Article excerpt

THE newly minted Turnbull/Truss government has cutting penalty rates well and truly in their sights.

Mr Turnbull believes penalty rates are only still in place because of history, proving how out of touch he really is with everyday Australians.

The economic impact of cutting or reducing penalty rates in Australia's retail and hospitality industries will have a devastating effect on those who rely on that extra money to provide for themselves and their families.

For these workers this extra money is not money spent on luxuries it is spent on necessities.

It won't mean more employment because workers will simply have to work more hours to maintain the same level of income.

And for many that means more money spent on childcare and even less time with family and friends.

The average retail worker employed in a regional area earned just $32,200pa and a hospitality worker just $28,700 so they are already struggling to make ends meet.

Any further reduction in their salaries could have disastrous consequences even if those reductions are modest. …

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