The cartoon says it all.
But in the meantime, the Fair Work Commission – presided by Labor mate and former Maurice Blackburn partner – has knocked back the application to vary penalty rates.
A renewed push to reduce penalty rates for hospitality workers has been knocked back by the Fair Work Commission. The calls to scrap the penalties paid to weekend and late night workers came from the Restaurant and Caterers Association. It was backed by some of the country’s highest profile chefs who argue paying workers extra money was too costly for their businesses. The decision’s been welcomed by the union, United Voice, which argued workers should be rewarded for working unsociable hours.
No surprises there.
Amazingly, on the recent public holiday in Queensland, the local Bunnings was closed, the two major shopping centres were closed and half the restaurants along the normally busy Mooloolaba strip were closed. It is clearly just uneconomic for these businesses to open with the penalty rates at 2 1/2 times normal rates.
I am not sure that Tony Abbott can bury his head in the sand on this issue.