Revelations that the Liberal-National government has spent $80 million buying water from a company based in a tax haven and linked to a Coalition frontbencher shows the Coalition’s warped priorities this Easter, United Voice, the union for hospitality workers, said today.
“At the same time the Coalition government was spending $80 million on a deal with a Cayman Islands-tax haven company, they were supporting cuts to workers’ penalty rates that will cut workers’ pay by $80 million over Easter alone,” the national secretary of United Voice, Jo Schofield, said today.
“It’s a classic example of the warped priorities of the Coalition government, where the government gives large benefits to a few, while depriving workers of penalty rates in cuts that will cost them $1.25 billion a year.”
The Centre for Future Work has released a report outlining the impact of penalty rates cuts to workers’ pay over the 10 days from Good Friday. It is available here.
Yesterday the Labor Party released the individual impact on workers over the Easter break, while confirming they would restore and protect penalty rates within 100 days:
Fast food workers: $218.
Hospitality workers: $282.
Retail workers: $277.
Restaurant workers: $225.
Pharmacy workers: $369.
“The fact that cosy deals are being done with tax-haven companies while workers’ pay is being cut highlights what workers already know: the Coalition government doesn’t care about them,” Ms Schofield said.
“This just goes to show that the only people the Coalition government can be trusted to look after are their top end of town mates. Their only interest is looking after big business, not Australian workers.
“No-one’s pay is safe under a Coalition government, unless you are one of their mates. Cleaners, security guards, aged care workers and emergency services staff are asking: who’s next for penalty rate cuts?”