PENALTY RATE CUTS BITE IN REGIONAL ELECTORATES

PENALTY RATE CUTS BITE IN REGIONAL ELECTORATES

The biggest national losers from penalty rate cuts work in the CBD electorates of Sydney and Melbourne, according to new data showing the geographic spread of penalty rate cuts across the nation.

Workers in the city electorates face pay cuts of $34.5 million and $33 million dollars across the next three years because of penalty rate cuts.

Workers in the outer Melbourne-suburban electorates of Lalor, Holt and McEwen also appear in the top 10 electorates suffering from penalty rate cuts.

But the burden of lost income from unfair and unaffordable penalty rate cuts also falls on regional electorates, according to an analysis of the top 10 electorates most affected in the country, shown in new McKell Institute data released this week.

The Queensland electorates of Leichhardt, including the tourist towns of Cairns and Port Douglas, and the electorate of Moncrieff, covering the Gold Coast, are in the national top 10 for cutting the pay of workers.

“It is a national disgrace that Scott Morrison and his Coalition cronies voted eight times to cut penalty rates for workers in these electorates,” Jo-anne Schofield, the National Secretary of United Voice, the hospitality union, said.

“Workers in Leichhardt face cuts of $27.8 million and workers in Moncrieff face cuts of $25.2 million over the next three years – some of the biggest cuts in the country – showing the devastating impact of these cuts on regional families.

“This is a government that thinks nothing of handing out $77 billion in tax cuts to people earning more than $180,000, while cutting the pay of working people by $2.9 billion in penalty rate cuts over the next three years.

“Only Labor will restore and protect penalty rates for some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers.

“Elida Faith in Leichhardt and Tracey Bell in Moncrieff have promised to restore penalty rates within the first 100 days of a Shorten Labor government, and it can’t come fast enough for these workers.”

Electorates from NSW (3), Victoria (4), Queensland (2) and the ACT (1) feature in the list of electorates most affected by penalty rate cuts.

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Electorate

Loss over three years

1

Sydney

$34,473,462.00

2

Melbourne

$33,027,363.00

3

Lalor

$28,076,528.00

4

Moncrieff

$27,789,969.00

5

Barton

$25,446,375.00

6

Leichhardt

$25,174,357.00

7

McEwen

$25,048,641.00

8

Fenner

$24,326,479.00

9

Holt

$24,216,451.00

10

Reid

$24,132,724.00

Data from the McKell Institute analysis is available here: https://mckellinstitute.org.au/research/articles/restoringpenaltyrates/

 


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