Standing up against a sneaky cut
With the Government releasing the Productivity Commission's report yesterday, the news was bad. They refused to drop their recommendation to cut weekend rates - despite all the evidence. This is how we responded.
Sharon Eurlings, a hospitality worker in Sydney stood up in the media and shot down the employer arguments again and again.
“I miss out on a lot of the sports with the kids, family days, Saturday nights like normal people have, I can’t really make, I have to leave early or I just don’t go. Our weekends and our families are just as important as everyone else."
You can watch her on ABC iView here: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/abc-news-nsw/NC1501H304S00#playing - and also speaking to Channel 10, here: http://tenplay.com.au/news/national/2015/12/21/addressing-weekend-rates
She also features in an article on This Working Life - read it here.
David McElrea, United Voice Assistant National Secretary demanded that Prime Minister Turnbull stop hiding behind reports that his own government commissioned and make clear where he stands on the issue.
“Prime Minister Turnbull has said repeatedly people should not be worse off under any changes to the system. It’s not good enough for him or his Minister, Michaelia Cash, to hide behind the Fair Work Commission. That’s why he must now set the record straight on where his Government stands."
He then appeared on the Today show this morning and argued again that the government should abandon any ideas of this pay cut ordinary workers can't afford and don't deserve. Watch the interview here: http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/today/videos/4670486116001/
Brett Holmes, General Secretary, NSW Nurses’ and Midwives’ Association
Although Nurses weren't directly affected by the Productivity Commission's recommendation, Brett Holmes of the Nurses' and Midwives' Association made clear they understood that this was just the tip of the spear:
“This is the commencement of an attack on penalty rates starting with our colleagues in retail and hospitality. We have no doubt this attack on penalty rates will eventually flow to our sectors of health and aged care, where on average penalty rates overall comprise 20 per cent of a shift-working nurse’s take home pay."
Watch excerpts from our Save our Weekend press conference here:
and you can also watch the ABC's 7.30 story here: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4376781.htm#