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Greens call on Illawarra Labor – put young casuals first, back penalty rate protection

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2016

Greens Cunningham candidate Cath Blakey and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon are calling on Illawarra Labor branches and MPs to support union and Greens plans to protect penalty rates through legislation. 

“Protecting penalty rates is a huge issue for young people living in the Illawarra as most rely on casual work,” Ms Blakey said. 

“The Greens plan to protect penalty rates by moving legislation in the next parliament will help provide certainty to all locals who rely on casual work. 

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Penalty rates highlight the government's attacks on workers

I am very pleased to be speaking today on the Turnbull Liberal government's attack on penalty rates. This is a critical issue for our society. This week is national Anti-Poverty Week. It is a time to take stock of how we are going as the country of a fair go. You only have to look at this government's attacks on penalty rates, which have just been continued in the contribution by Senator Back, to see the challenges we face.

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Greens will make penalty rates an election issue: Bandt

Responding to the Productivity Commission’s draft report into the workplace relations framework, Greens employment and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will make penalty rates a key election issue in the upcoming Federal Election. “Any cuts to penalty rates will be a body blow for young people across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

“With housing prices so high and wages growing so slowly, young people working in retail and hospitality depend on penalty rates to support themselves and make ends meet.”

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Prime Minister must rule out penalty rates changes: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Employment and Workplace Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to rule out changes to penalty rates and the minimum wage after Small Business Minister Bruce Billson backed a review of penalty rates over Easter.

“Time and again, we hear Senior Ministers send different messages,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Employment Minister says he’s ‘surprised’ the Productivity Commission is reviewing penalty rates but the Small Business Minister now backs the growing attack.”

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