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News Media Releases Employees required to work on Christmas Day must get penalty rates, say unions
Employees required to work on Christmas Day must get penalty rates, say unions
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 18:11

 A push by big business to prevent employees from being paid penalty rates for working on Christmas Day is Scrooge-like and would set a bad precedent, say unions.
 
The ACTU said it would oppose any attempt by employers to eliminate penalty rates on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s days for employees, such as nurses, police, ambulance officers and restaurant and hotel staff, who are required to work on the public holidays.

“WA has had the Public Holidays Act in effect since 1972.  State governments of both persuasions have been aware of the situation and have chosen to leave it unaltered.

“In reality this system is about how hospitality or retail staff are paid when they work on Christmas Day, a day in which nearly everyone agrees should be spent with families. “Restaurants and other such venues will charge a levy for people to eat there on Christmas Day and people will happily pay it largely under the idea that those who are working will be properly compensated.

“I’m unsure whether the employer groups need a visit from the ghost of Christmas, past, present or future but they are ensuring that Ebenezer Scoorge has some early competition this year.”

 
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