Attacks on the penalty rates of Queensland hospitality workers continue this week after thousands of Queenslanders had their weekend rates slashed on July 1.
Clubs Australia, which represents more than 1,000 clubs in Queensland alone, is back in the Fair Work Commission this week – continuing to attack the pay of their workers just days after general hospitality workers had their weekend rates slashed by 10 percentage points.
Appearing in the Fair Work Commission today, Queensland club employee Raymond Marsh said he relied on penalty rates for his weekend shifts to provide a liveable wage.
“I struggle to keep on top of my bills as it is. A cut of this size would make it almost impossible to live off what I earn weekly at the club.
“It just doesn’t seem fair. I give up my weekends, work hard and my manager is pleased with the job I do. What’ve I done to deserve such a massive cut?”
“I don’t see any politicians taking a pay cut to supposedly help the economy. Why pick on those of us already struggling and working hard?”
United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said it was inconceivable that more Queensland workers were in the firing line for a penalty rate cut.
“The clubs’ sector is thriving and yet it’s determined to attack the penalty rates of its workers by trying to roll them onto the general hospitality award rates,” she says.
“Clubs Australia’s efforts to piggyback on penalty rates cuts shows how little they care about the workers who keep our clubs running on weekends and public holidays.”
“Its persistent attempt to cut the penalty rates of club workers is nothing short of abhorrent.”
“It is unbelievable that the Fair Work Commission has let Clubs Australia re-prosecute their failed case from the original penalty rates decision.”
“Their arguments were flawed the first time. They continue to be flawed, and we’ll continue to fight Clubs Australia all the way, along with many individual clubs throughout Queensland who want to do the right thing and pay their workers fairly.”
“Slashing penalty rates hits hospitality workers with a pay cut they can’t afford and don’t deserve - especially when you consider the personal sacrifices they make to work weekends and public holidays.”