Fiona Phillips


Low paid Australian workers in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy could be up to $369 worse off after this Easter period, due to Scott Morrison’s penalty rate cuts.


In Gilmore alone, up to 11 934 workers could have lost up to $369.41 because of penalty rate cuts. Many of these workers will have given up time with family to work over the Easter weekend. 

This blow to pay packets in the ten-day period from Good Friday will see cuts by up to the following amounts:

NSW EASTER 10 DAY (5 PH plus one Sunday - Easter Saturday and Sunday both public holidays): 

  • Fast Food - $218.22
  • Hospitality - $281.78
  • Retail - $276.55
  • Pharmacy - $369.41
  • Restaurant - $225.40

Even bigger cuts to Sunday penalty rates will occur this July, and the July after that, unless a Labor Government is elected.

At a time when everything is going up except wages, the Liberals are so out of touch, they support cuts to penalty rates.

Scott Morrison and every member of the Liberal and National parties voted eight times to cut workers’ take-home pay. 

Local Labor candidate, Fiona Phillips, said the problem under the Liberals and Nationals is that everything in Australia is going up except your wages. 

“It says everything you need to know about the Liberals and Nationals that they’re cutting workers’ wages but giving millionaires at the top end of town an $11,000 a year tax cut. 

“Many local workers had no choice but to go to work over this long weekend period in order to put food on the table and pay the bills. They deserve their penalty rates.” 

Fiona Phillips said that Scott Morrison's handpicked liberal candidate Warren Mundine needs to explain why his Party supported cuts to workers’ wages. 

A Shorten Labor Government will, in our first 100 days,  reverse the cuts to penalty rates, restoring fair pay.  We  will change the laws to  make sure they can’t be cut for anyone again.  
The workers of the South Coast deserve a pay rise – and they aren’t getting one under Scott Morrison and his Liberals.        

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan to restore penalty rates, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.  
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for all Australians.  


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