OPINION: Weekend pay rate penalities may be worth trading in

I ALWAYS pride myself that I never sit on the fence on any issue. Mind you sometimes I find that I jumped on the wrong side of the fence before carefully weighing up the matter.

That said the current debate to keep or reduce weekend penalty rates has me perplexed.

On one side I can see how it will create more work, but on the other side I don't believe that you shouldn't be rewarded for working on either a Saturday or a Sunday.

Retailers are pushing for the cuts in penalty rates by saying that it would enable them to increase their weekend staff numbers which in turn would mean more hours for workers and potentially more profits for the business.

Many retailers would do just that, but many would also use it to just get cheaper weekend labour.

That's the big issue for the Fair Work Commission to consider as they continue to be bombarded by lobby groups pushing their agendas.

There is no doubt that if small business operators can increase their profits it will give better job security to the thousands who work for them.

We all know when things go bad one of the first cuts is always the cruellest with staff members shown the door.

That is the tipping point for me at the moment, job security in tough times is what we need the most.

What's the point of insisting on double and triple time penalty payments when the business you work for collapses underneath you?


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