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Media Release 14.6.17 - ACTU

Let the Parliament vote to protect penalty rates

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is calling on the Lower House of the Australian Parliament to be given every opportunity to get the one majority vote needed to save penalty rates. The bill, which has already passed the Senate, is being blocked by the Government in the Lower House by the LNP and Independent Cathy McGowan. Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary, said that there is now a bill before the Parliament that would stop 700,000 Australians wages being cut on July 1.

Comment attributable to Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary: “If this bill passes, 700,000 Australians will be able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, but if this bill fails, people living pay day to pay day will have their weekly budgets thrown into chaos. The Parliament must be given the chance to vote on this. Our political representatives owe it to the people whose lives will be made so much poorer as a result.” Click here to read full story.


Media Release 30.5.17 - ACTU

Christensen amendment would trigger even deeper pay cuts

Australian Unions welcome Coalition MP George Christensen’s commitment to stopping the penalty rate cuts and we now call on him to vote for the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 as it currently stands. Unfortunately, the bill Mr Christensen has foreshadowed could cause just as much, if not more, harm than the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts themselves by bringing into question the week day pay rates of many other workers. These other workers are not currently facing the very real prospect of pay cuts from Sunday 2 July.

Mr Christensen says he wants to protect the 700,000 working people who are now facing an imminent cut in their take home pay. These cuts will be stopped dead in their tracks if he simply voted for the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017.  On July 1, 2017 workers pay will be cut.  Please click here to read full story.