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The real cost to the economy

The Queensland economy would be shortchanged millions of dollars a year if penalty rates were cut for hospitality and retail workers, according to recent research by the McKell Institute. This research sits in contrast to a study by Restaurant & Catering Australia claiming a reduction in penalty rates will stimulate the economy. Research conducted by the McKell Institute found that any significant reduction in penalty rates would have an adverse effect on workers and local economies. A hospitality worker working 8 hours on a Sunday could lose up to $71 a week, or $3,700 per annum. Hospitality workers earn an average wage of less than $30,000 a year. Continue reading

Hospitality X workers chase payments

Hundreds of hospitality workers around the country may claim thousands of dollars in unpaid penalty rates, after shonky labour hire company AWX announced it would be winding down subsidiary Hospitality X and axing its notorious workplace agreement. Click here if you're a Hospitality X worker interested in learning more about your entitlements. The agreement, rolled out to the casual staff of an undisclosed number of pubs and clubs across the country, included a clause that removed workers’ penalty rates. Workers had to sign the agreement to retain their jobs, effectively slashing their pay packets. “This is a great win for our union members and the many people who’ve been involved in this campaign,” United Voice Secretary Gary Bullock said. “We launched the fight against Hospitality X last year, after casual workers at the Capalaba Sports Club were forced to sign onto their dodgy workplace agreement to retain their jobs. “This cost those workers dearly, with many left unable to pay their bills. “Late last year, we took our fight to the courts by lodging an underpayment claim on behalf of several workers against Hospitality X Continue reading

Labour Hire In Queensland

Labour Hire Companies have increasingly been making their way into many industries in Queensland, undermining permanent employment and undercutting wages and conditions. The Queensland Parliament is now undertaking an Inquiry into the practices of the Labour Hire Industry in Queensland and we're encouraging all United Voice members to tell your story if you've experienced problems. To tell your story, log on to the following web site: The deadline for written submissions to the committee is Thursday 24 March 2016 by 4pm. Continue reading