42,000 bartenders, chefs and waitstaff in clubs all over Australia have fought hard, joined their union and made their voice heard … and have just had their penalty rates saved!
Greedy bosses group Clubs Australia, backed by Scott Morrison and his big business mates, was aggressively campaigning for a cut in Saturday, Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for workers in RSLs, bowlos and golf clubs.
Long story short – after several years of campaigning and legal hearings the Fair Work Commission totally threw out their arguments … and the 42,000 people’s penalty rates are saved!
While this win is awesome, more needs to be done.
Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of the hospitality union United Voice, said “we are under no illusions that this Government and bosses will be on the attack again.
“The reality is - with the LNP in power, no one’s penalty rates are safe. My question to Scott Morrison is - whose penalty rates are under the spotlight next?”
“We have launched a massive campaign to restore and protect penalty rates for the millions of Australians who rely on them.
“We will be out there talking to voters in target seats every day from now until the election about the Morrison Government’s atrocious record on penalty rates. Scott Morrison has voted eight times already to cut penalty rates, he can’t be trusted.
“Only Labor will restore and protect penalty rates. Our ads and our campaign will be reminding people that a vote for Labor is a vote for the millions of Australians who rely on penalty rates.
“Voters have a clear choice at the upcoming Federal election – a vote for more cuts under the Coalition, or a vote for Labor to restore and protect penalty rates.”
Congratulations to all the clubs workers across the country.
And to everyone – now’s the time to get involved, join your union and be part of restoring and protecting penalty rates for you and your family.
Together, we will save our weekend.