On 18 September 2015 the St Vincent de Paul Society made a further submission to the Productivity Commission following the release of its interim report on the Workplace Relations Framework Inquiry in August. The submission reiterated Vinnies support for the minimum wage and penalty rates, which was outlined in our first submission to the Commission in March 2015. The submission states that Vinnies supports the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to retain awards and the minimum wage, and the acknowledgement that youth unemployment and apprenticeships are also in need of attention. Nonetheless, the recommendation to align Sunday penalty rates with Saturday rates will disproportionately impact low-income earners and young people in particular, as would inadequate growth in the minimum wage. The St Vincent de Paul Society strongly urges the Productivity Commission to more deeply consider the socio-economic impact on young people and those on low-incomes in any future recommendations.
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