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Fair Work Commission to hand down findings on weekend penalty rates

To recap, Fair Work Australia has chose to lower Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for the Hospitality Award, Fast Food Award, Retail Award and Pharmacy Award. Penalty rates for public holidays will also change under some awards. While young people might be able to catch up with some areas of social life outside of the weekend, their parents and older family members are more likely to work in the week, making it hard to find time to spend together as a family.

"Fair Work President Ian Ross admits that many of these employees "earned just enough to cover weekly living expenses" so how on earth does do he expect them to survive now?"

The ARA will work with the Fair Work Commission to ensure this decision is implemented correctly across the board.

"If we are unsuccessful, we will also be changing the law in Parliament to change the rules that the Fair Work Commission operate under", he said.

"Excepting the fast food award, we have not reduced the Sunday penalty rates to same level as Saturday penalty rates".

He said grandfathering was used to ensure workers did not lose take-home pay when thousands of awards were consolidated into 122 modern awards after the Fair Work Act was introduced in 2009.

In a poll posted to our website on Thursday evening, we asked our readers if they believed Sunday penalty rates should be cut.

Peter Bolte from Taree Leading Appliances in NSW does not now trade after 12pm on Saturday, although with the ever-increasing turnover and customer demand for the Jaycar side of his business, "Sunday trading is looming as a natural extension of that facet of our business", he told Appliance Retailer.

"Bill Shorten is responsible for establishing the framework that has led to today's decision".

However, she did agree with Australian Retailers Association's Russell Zimmerman, who said businesses would now be able to employ more weekend staff.

While co-owners of Square Sandwiches in Sydney's Australia Square, Naji Kazzi, 32, and Keith Lewis, 44, will benefit from the penalty rate cut ruling, they did not support the decision.

It is much the same for hospitality workers, but there will be no change for casuals.

"Personally I think people need to be remunerated if they are spending time away from their families on weekend days", he said.

Small business owner Steve Chapman said he supported the decision.

Ai Group chief executive Innex Willox said in an interview on Sky News the group "hoped" the changes would help with job numbers. "Pharmacists are health professionals and their contribution needs to be recognised and remunerated in a different way to that of other retail workers", Mr Demarte says. That's no longer the world we live in.

The FWC said it agreed with the Productivity Commission there were likely to be some "positive" employment effects from the reductions.

For both full-time and part-time hospitality workers, penalty rates will be slashed from 175% to 150%.

"I'm even confused about when it starts myself", Strong tells SmartCompany.

The commission has not yet decided on transitional arrangements to apply the cuts and will take further submissions on the question.

It took about 43 minutes in the industry to smash every misconceived idea I had.

The cuts will come out of worker's pay packets from July.

University of Canberra politics, global relations and law student Jessica O'Neill, who supports herself with a casual hospitality job, said the cut could force her to pick up an extra shift that could prevent her from finishing course work.

"Most of us have got kids". What matters is that they're paid fairly.

A local worker in the Northern Territory said the changes made the difference between two-minutes noodles and real meat to her.

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