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Wodonga group welcomes Fair Work Commission Sunday penalty rates decision

Wodonga group welcomes Fair Work Commission Sunday penalty rates decision

"That is the nature of the Fair Work Commission", said TAA chairman Martin Ferguson.

THE Fair Work Commission ruling on Sunday penalty rates, handed down on Thursday, should only be part of this story.

The Greens have promised to introduce legislation in parliament to protect penalty rates for retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy workers.

Public holiday rates will be cut from 250 per cent to 225 per cent from July 1 in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, fast-food, and pharmacy awards.

Bathurst Business Chamber president Stacey Whittaker said while employees may feel the pinch, it will be good for the region.

Jardine's Cafè co-owner Melissa Illsley has also welcomed the changes.

She said the government accepted the setting of penalty rates was a matter for the independent FWC to determine.

"These are workers who were already in relatively low wage jobs with insecure, irregular schedules", Dr. Jim Stanford, Director of the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute told The Huffington Post Australia.

We welcome that this decision brings to effect an important recommendation arising from the Productivity Commission's 2015 review of Australia's workplace system.

"But now that I'm an owner I can also see the bigger picture benefits".

Ms Hendry argued cuts would create jobs to tackle youth unemployment and said the Fair Work Commission recognised the culture around the value of Sundays had changed.

"The conclusions we have reached are largely based on the particular circumstances related to these awards", Ross said of the decision.

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"You work casual because you have a lot of other things in your life", Mr Ottey said.

Full-time and part-time and employees will have their penalty rates reduced from 200% to 150% of their regular hourly rate, while casual employees will be cut less, from 200% to 175%.

Smythesdale pharmacy assistant Meredith Grant is set to lose nearly $4000 a year after the Fair Work Commission ruled to slash penalty rates.

"We respect their decision and we will try and make it work".

The full bench spent 39 days hearing evidence from 143 witnesses.

"When it comes to the history of penalty rates, Bill Shorten has a glass jaw". But in an age where church attendance has bottomed out to barely 15 per cent, fairness does not require paying workers a 200 per cent premium - often more than $36 an hour - simply for coming to work on a Sunday.

"Many employees in the industry prefer to work on weekends, including Sundays".

"I have never seen an argument which would justify wholesale pay cuts for the lowest paid workers in Australia", he said.

The Federal Government will be under less pressure from industry groups to intervene.

The decision aligned the penalty rates in the industries "more closely with Saturday penalty rates".

Who will be hit the hardest?

While, Regency Jewellers manager Melissa Elliott feared the penalty cut may lead to some employees who are parents cutting their Sunday shift to spend more time with their family. For casuals, rates will fall from 175% to 150%.

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