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Unions have lost their court challenge to cuts in Australia’s penalty rates

A challenge to the Fair Work Commission’s cuts to weekend penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast-food workers by Australian unions has been rejected by the Federal Court. The court’s full bench rejected arguments by the unions, United Voice and the SDA (Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association) for a […]
Unions have lost their court challenge to cuts in Australia’s penalty rates
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Full cuts to Sunday penalty rates have been delayed

Cuts to Sunday penalty rates for workers in the hospitality, fast food, pharmacy and retail industries will be phased in over several years. The Fair Work Commission today announced that only small cuts will be made to rates starting from next month. The rest will come between then and 2020. […]
Full cuts to Sunday penalty rates have been delayed
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Retailers want to phase in cuts to Sunday penalty rates

Retailers want cuts to Sunday penalty rates to be phased in over 12 months to minimse the impact on shop workers. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says this will also allow retailers to implement the benefits of the rate reduction, including offering additional hours of work and employment opportunities. The […]
Retailers want to phase in cuts to Sunday penalty rates
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Malcolm Turnbull says the penalty rate cuts will generate more jobs

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull believes “there’s masses of evidence to support” the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts, saying “that will be a very significant benefit for the economy”. His comments follow calls from his party members, including former employment minister Eric Abetz, and former prime minister Tony Abbott, to […]
Malcolm Turnbull says the penalty rate cuts will generate more jobs
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Tony Abbott is niggling Malcolm Turnbull again, this time on penalty rates

Backbencher Tony Abbott has found another reason to attack the man who deposed him as prime minister, this time criticising Malcolm Turnbull for his response to the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts decision. Abbott ally and former employment minister senator Eric Abetz, told Fairfax Media yesterday that the cuts […]
Tony Abbott is niggling Malcolm Turnbull again, this time on penalty rates
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Weekend penalty rates have been cut

The Fair Work Commission has decided to cut Sunday penalty rates for hundreds of thousands of retail, hospitality and fast food industry workers. The commission says the move, to take effect from July, will increase services and trading hours on Sundays and will likely lead to more employment. There is […]
Weekend penalty rates have been cut