July 2018 | Government defends penalty cuts, as politicians get pay rise: ACTU

Date: 1 July 2018

Source: SBS

It's "appalling" that Malcolm Turnbull is getting a pay rise when low-earning retail and hospitality workers are copping another penalty rate cut, the ACTU says.

Fresh penalty rate cuts took effect on Sunday and the changes are estimated to affect 700,000 workers across Australia.

Weekend and public holiday penalty rates for staff in the retail, hospitality and pharmacy sectors will drop by 10-to-15 per cent.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus is scathing about the cuts, labelling them as "wrong" and unfair, and believes they will not only hurt working people but also harm the economy.