The heat goes on George Christensen today to stop back-flipping and get behind his constituents’ calls to protect penalty rates.
Workers will launch a week-long campaign with a rally outside Mr Christensen’s Dawson electorate office today to pressure him into voting against the Turnbull Government’s plans to slash penalty rates a second time by 10 per cent on July 1.
United Voice Coordinator Glenn Conroy said workers felt they couldn’t trust Mr Christensen to do the right thing and protect penalty rates, so they would be hitting the pavement outside his electorate office with an attention grabbing rally.
“We want to tell Mr Christensen it’s not too late to make a firm decision and vote against further cuts to penalty rates,” Mr Conroy said.
“I’m sure he appreciates that weekends and public holidays still mean something in Australia - just as thousands of his constituents do.
“We’re here to remind Mr Christensen that the Turnbull Government is on notice for refusing to recognise that people working weekends sacrifice family lives, social lives and their well-being.
“We think it’s only fair that weekend workers should be adequately compensated for making those sacrifices. Work-life balance is an essential part of a decent society.
“What we’re witnessing is the erosion of the basic rights of workers to earn a decent, living wage.
“For example, a 10 per cent decrease to penalty rates amounts to a pay cut of $40 for your average hospitality worker doing a Sunday shift.
“Cutting wages is especially concerning when you consider hospitality workers work under some of the most precarious employment conditions in Australia.
“Everyone deserves to have a job they can count on, and to be fairly paid for the hours they work. It’s time George Christensen and Malcolm Turnbull recognised that.”