Earlier this week, three United Voice members spoke up for penalty rates at the Productivity Commission hearing in Ipswich.
Hospitality worker Samarah Wilson was joined by Early Childhood Educator Karen Moran, who spoke about how an increasingly 24/7 economy would impact on her industry, and Aged Care Worker Wayne Porritt, who spoke about the toll that weekend work takes and why workers deserve to be fairly paid for it.
As you may know, until recently, Samarah worked at the Capalaba Sports Club. She lost her job after refusing to sign onto an agreement that would have removed her weekend rates.
"It highlighted to me just how vital the extra income that comes from penalty rates is for so many Australians who work on their weekends," Samarah said.
The Restaurant & Catering Association, along with a number of other employer groups, is calling on the Federal Government and the Fair Work Commission to slash weekend penalty rates for people like me.
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