23 February, 2017

Vinnies deeply saddened by penalty rates decision

The St Vincent de Paul Society is deeply saddened by today’s Fair Work Commission decision to undermine Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates.

The Society’s National Council CEO, Dr John Falzon, said “This is an attack on people who already struggle to survive and for whom Penalty Rates make an important difference from week to week.

“Cutting penalty rates will not create jobs but it will build inequality.

“This cut will disproportionately affect women, young people and people who already carry the burden of inequality. The rights of workers should take priority over the maximisation of profits.

“There’s nothing innovative about increasing the numbers of the working poor in prosperous Australia. And this is happening in the context of the government’s systematic assault on the social security safety net.

“This decision will result in more people needing to seek assistance from charities. The answer, however, is not charity. It is justice.

“We cannot build a strong and fair economy on the misguided premise that people should need to turn to charity to top up their inadequate incomes.

“Today is a sad day in our nation’s history. We stand with the people who have been affected.”

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