Protect Penalty Rates

Penalty rates are increased rates of pay for working overtime or unsociable hours.

Life is busy, and weekends are important for Australian workers. Penalty rates compensate people for the time they miss out on spending with their families when they have to work on the weekend.

There are up to 4.5 million workers who rely on penalty rates. Workers like police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, retail workers, hospitality workers, workers in manufacturing, in tourism and many other sectors.

So what's the issue? Penalty rates are being cut because of the Liberals.

The argument is that cafes and shops are closed because penalty rates are too high. But there is almost no evidence to support this. Productivity Commission Executive Manager Ralph Lattimore was asked in Parliament if he shared former Treasurer Joe Hockey’s view that penalty rates are “profit murder for small business” he said the following:

“Long run profitability is not affected by penalty rates.”


Malcolm Turnbull has never had to rely on penalty rates to get by. He just doesn’t understand what it’s like to need penalty rates.

Labor doesn't think it's fair to cut the wages of some of Australia's lowest paid workers – people that rely on penalty rates use the money to pay the bills and raise their children.

We need to stand together and protect those in our community who will be badly impacted if their penalty rates are cut.