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United Voice fights to stop pay cut hospitality workers can’t afford and don’t deserve

United Voice, the hospitality union, has asked the Fair Work Commission to immediately conclude the penalty rates matter so it can appeal the decision in the Federal Court.  

In taking this step, the union and its members are putting employers and the government on notice that United Voice does not—and cannot—accept this decision. Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice, says, “We are taking these steps to defend and improve the living standards of working people. We are standing up for hospitality workers who are unfairly impacted by this decision. And in doing so, we are standing up for all workers in this country. 

“The Commission itself acknowledges that this decision will have a negative impact on some of the lowest paid workers in this country. 

“Put simply, we cannot turn away and accept a decision that impacts so dramatically on our members and, potentially, on all workers. The decision must be challenged. This is a cut hospitality workers can’t afford and don’t deserve”. 

It is anticipated that the appeal could have flow on affects to all awards impacted by the Commission’s unfair decision.

The basis for the appeal
United Voice will argue that the Commission has failed in its responsibility to properly consider the living standards and the impact that this decision will have on people who are already some of the lowest paid workers in the country. It will also relate to the Commission’s jurisdiction. 

The union will seek a stay of the Commission’s decision until the Federal Court can hear the case. More details will be available at the time United Voice lodges the appeal.

The United Voice submission filed in response to the Fair Work Commission is available here


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