Labor claims a government plan to amend penalty rate rules would cause some casuals to lose $1000 in pay while working on public holidays.
The government will push ahead with a suite of industrial relations reforms in 2021.
The bill includes provisions allowing distressed industries employers to pay a “loaded rate”, a higher hourly rate, instead of penalties like public holiday rates.
The opposition claimed that, if passed, the laws could mean some casuals would lose up to $1000 in holiday penalty rates if they worked Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.
But to lose that amount, casuals would have to work standard eight-hour shifts on each of the four summer holidays.
Labor industrial relations spokesman Tony Burke said millions of Australians were vulnerable to the government’s “nasty” reforms.Camera IconLabor industrial relations spokesman Tony Burke says millions of Australians are vulnerable to the government’s ‘nasty’ IR reforms. Credit: AAP, AAP Image / Joel Carrett
“This pay cut is Scott Morrison’s thanks to the people who got us through the pandemic – the frontline and essential workers who put themselves at risk by showing up to work and steering Australia through the crisis,” he said.
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