Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays are set to have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the Fair Work Commission on Thursday.
Full-time and part-time workers in retail will have their Sunday penalty rates dropped from 200 per cent to 150 per cent of their standard hourly rate, while casuals will go from 200 per cent to 175 per cent.
Hospitality employees will face a reduction in Sunday pay from 175 per cent to 150 per cent, while casual hospitality workers' pay will remain unchanged.
United Voice National Secretary Jo-anne Schofield said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could have intervened to prevent these cuts.
"Let's be clear that this has happened because the big business lobby has made an application to cut the pay of the lowest paid workers in the country. It didn't happen by accident," she said.
“We will review the decision and investigate all options to ensure the people who give up their weekends to serve the rest of us don’t suffer a pay cut they can’t afford and don’t deserve,” said Schofield.
Most of the pay cuts take effect from July, and some will be phased in over time.
You can stand with hospitality and retail workers nationwide by asking Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to protect penalty rates http://bit.ly/petitiontoprotect.