Over 700,000 Australians stand to lose wages because of cuts to penalty rates with some losing up $77 a week. Labor will fight this in the Parliament, and before the Fair Work Commission.
Bill Shorten has begun introducing legislation to protect workers from cuts to penalty rates. This legislation would ensure that the Fair Work Commission cannot make cuts to workers' wages below the award wage.
Additionally, Bill Shorten will make a submission to the Fair Work Commission, arguing against all cuts to penalty rates. By sharing how you are impacted by penalty rates, you put the human faces to that submission, and to the public fight for penalty rates.
Unfortunately, Malcolm Turnbull's Government did not make a submission to the Fair Work Commission to argue for keeping penalty rates. Instead, Mr Turnbull and 60 members of his Government have publicly argued for penalty rates to be reduced.