On the same day the Prime Minister enjoys a salary increase of more than $10,000, about 700,000 retail and hospitality workers will have their pay cut.
Today’s Remuneration Tribunal ruling that federal politicians should enjoy a 2 per cent pay increase on 1 July is a stark contrast to the penalty rate cuts voted for by the Coalition.
The 2 per cent increase to the Prime Minister’s current salary of $538,460 means he will pocket an extra $10,769 annually.
But a further 10 percentage point cut in penalty rates for hospitality workers on the same day means many workers will be losing $2000 or more a year for their work Sundays and public holidays.
Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice, the hospitality union says, “The economy is tanking, wage growth is at historical lows but the Prime Minister and his Cabinet mates will rake in a sizeable pay rise on 1 July.
“Meanwhile retail and hospitality workers are having real difficulties putting food on the table or meeting their utility and medical bills from week to week as they face yet another round of penalty rate cuts.
“Working people need jobs that are secure and pay them fairly – not more cuts that stop them from being able to pay for life’s essentials.”