The Morrison Government has shown its true colours when it comes to workers’ pay packets, offering miserly tax cuts to offset thousands of dollars lost or at risk from penalty rate cuts.
“A tax cut of $11 a week for the average Australian worker goes nowhere near replacing the thousands of dollars Australians have lost, or could lose, in penalty rate cuts,” Jo-anne Schofield, the National Secretary of United Voice, said today.
“Already 700,000 hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food workers have had their penalty rates cut, costing many about $50 a week or $2500 a year in lost pay.
“The way they get a pay rise is for Labor to restore and protect their penalty rates.
“Penalty rate cuts in other areas would cost workers even more. For example, if penalty rates were cut for evening shift workers who worked a couple of Sundays a month, a food manufacturing worker would lose about $9000 a year, a health worker would lose about $14,000 a year, and a security guard would lose about $13,000 a year.
“Pea and thimble tricks with the budget bottom line and miserly tax cuts will not fool Australia’s workers who want to restore and protect their penalty rates.
“They know the Morrison government can’t be trusted, that Scott Morrison voted eight times to cut penalty rates, and that the Coalition and its big business mates are looking at who’s next for penalty rate cuts.”
This week United Voice launched a massive campaign highlighting the Morrison government’s terrible record on penalty rate cuts.
The Protect Our Penalty Rates campaign is running nationally across TV, radio, print and online media, and will be reinforced on the ground by coordinated national actions, door knocking and phone calls to sway voters in target seats.
The television advertisement is available here.