The proof is in: after two years of penalty rate cuts no extra jobs have been created, according to new research released today by Macquarie University and Wollongong University economists.
The damning analysis of job growth figures for weekend work found employer groups relied on “flawed” evidence that was “indirect and tangential at best, and biased at worst” to argue jobs would be created by penalty rate cuts.
Statement attributable to Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary, United Voice:
It’s unbelievable there are low-paid workers in Australia who have had their pay packets go backwards under penalty rate cuts because of flawed, biased evidence from employer groups.
The facts are in: this government and their big business mates delivered a pay cut these workers did not deserve and certainly can’t afford without one new job being created.
The research reveals arguments in favour of penalty rate cuts mounted by employer groups and cheered on by the Liberal-National Government have been nothing more than a nasty attack on low-paid workers.
And the cheer squad goes on. Just yesterday NSW Nationals MP Kevin Hogan said penalty rate cuts were “great for our youth”.
Even business now admits the cheer squad is wrong, with a major business group saying Scott Morrison’s cuts to penalty rates had “failed to create one new job”.
But the attacks haven’t stopped.
For example Restaurant and Catering Australia wants to cut ALL penalty rates and pay workers a flat rate across seven days. No wonder workers are asking ‘who’s next?’ for a penalty rate cut.
Just seven weeks away, hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy workers face their next pay cut.
Only Labor will restore and protect penalty rates.