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Fair Work Commission rules - Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail workers!


Fair Work Commission rules - Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for hospitality, retail workers!

Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced for full-time and part-time workers in the hospitality, retail and fast-food industries, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said nearly half a million people, including some of the country's lowest-paid workers, would lose up to $6,000 a year.

The commission said the cuts would lead to increased services and trading hours on public holidays and Sundays.

But it acknowledged the changes would cause hardship to some workers.

"Many of these employees earn just enough to cover weekly living expenses," Fair Work Commission president Iain Ross said.

Sunday pay rates for full-time and part-time hospitality workers will be cut from 175 per cent of their standard wage to 150 per cent.

In retail, Sunday wages will be reduced from 200 per cent of the standard rate to 150 per cent for full-time and part-time staff.

Sunday penalty cuts:


Full and part timeCasual
Retail200pc down to 150pc200pc down to 175pc
Hospitality175pc down to 150pcNo change
Fast-food150pc down to 125pc175pc to 150pc
Pharmacy200pc down to 150pc200pc to 175pc


For fast-food workers, Sunday pay for some full-time and part-time employees — classed as "level one" workers — will be cut from 150 per cent to 125 per cent.

"The immediate implementation of the variations to Sunday penalty rates would inevitably cause some hardship to the employees affected, particularly those who work on Sundays," Justice Ross said.

"We have concluded that appropriate transitional arrangements are necessary to mitigate the hardship caused to employees who work on Sundays.

"We have not reached a concluded view as to the form of those arrangements."

Casual workers in the retail and fast-food industries will also see their pay cut but rates for casuals in hospitality will remain the same.

The public holiday penalty cuts will come into effect on 1 July 2017. 

The Fair Work Commission has not yet decided when the Sunday rate cuts should come into effect, but indicated it should be within a year.


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