From July 1st, Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for workers in the fast food, retail, hospitality and pharmacy sectors dropped 10-15% due to a 2017 Fair Work Commission ruling. Or perhaps that should be UnFair Work Commission.
However, the owners of a Keperra cafe are calling on other employers in the hospitality industry NOT to cut Sunday penalty rates.
The Crampton Social owners, Patrick Wood and Kirrilee Burns said happy staff were vital in making their business successful.
“We made the decision that we would pay our employees the full penalty rates as set out in the Restaurant Industry Award 2010. In the five years prior to purchasing the cafe, their were periods that our entire family income came from Kirrilee’s hospitality income, and during those periods any reduction to take home pay would have had negative impacts for our family.”
“I strongly believe that people who sacrifice weekends should be financially rewarded for that sacrifice.”
Mr Wood said it seems strange that having weekends off was regarded as important for a healthy work-life balance in the wider community, but not for those who worked in the industries the communities expected to be open the weekends.
Other retail and hospitality businesses are taking a stand for fairness too, this website http://businesses4penaltyrates.com.au will list such businesses to enable you to support some of the lowest paid workers. After all, isn't this supposed to be Australia? The land of the 'Fair Go'?