Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Opinions Mixed on Pay Rates for Sunday Shifts; Productivity Commission Report Sparks Arguments for and Against

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Opinions Mixed on Pay Rates for Sunday Shifts; Productivity Commission Report Sparks Arguments for and Against

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Jason Roxburgh Yes, everyone deserves a weekend. And if you have to work on the weekend both days should be penalty rates.

Just because Monday to Friday workers can't get their act together during the week why should people not get penalties on the weekends? Rant over.

Damien Perissinotto Having Sunday penalty rates brought into line with Saturday sounds reasonable to me.

These days we are in a seven-day retail and hospitality economy, and this has been driven by the consumers, not the businesses.

Some people like to work weekdays, some choose to work weekends, others choose the FIFO life.

It seems unfair to me that someone who works eight hours on a Sunday earns as much as a co-worker who works 20 hours on Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday.

Sure there should be a premium, but not as much as it currently is.

I do however, think that if they're working over 38 hours a week, that significant penalty rates are fair.

Wes Wilcox Yes. Seven-day retail is a joke. ...it's just designed so the major stores can kill off the little corner store owners.

And this is their attempt at a red herring.

Frances

Klein

Reporter

francesklein@gympietimes.com

EMPLOYERS and workers in the Gympie business community have shown mixed opinions about the proposal to change penalty rates for Sunday workers.

In a recent report by the Productivity Commission, the nationwide deduction of the Sunday penalty would have workers being paid the Saturday rate of time and a half rather than the usual double time rate.

The proposal has sparked complaint by many, including Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who reportedly said the reduction would hit the lowest paid workers and people giving up their Sundays for work deserved to be compensated.

From a business perspective, however, Gympie Chamber of Commerce president Ben Ellingsen welcomes the recommendations as a chance to achieve a more sensible approach to penalty rates.

"The Productivity Commission recommendations are about updating our Sunday penalty rates in line with a changing Australian society," Mr Ellingsen said. …

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