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COUNTDOWN CONTINUES: TWO PUBLIC HOLIDAYS LEFT BEFORE TASMANIAN’S PENALTY RATES ARE CUT - Media Release

There are only two public holidays left before wages are cut for hospitality and retail workers in Tasmania.

Over 40,000 hard-working Tasmanians who gave up time with family and friends to work the Easter public holidays will see their wages reduced by the Turnbull Government’s refusal to stop the cut to penalty rates.

Tasmanian workers employed under the hospitality, restaurant, retail, fast food and pharmacy awards will all be impacted by the cuts to penalty rates.

Just how many chances does this out of touch Prime Minister need to show an ounce of support or empathy for our lowest paid workers? 

Malcolm Turnbull can no longer pretend that the Government can't do anything about the devastating cuts to penalty rates, and must act to protect Tasmania’s low paid workers. 

If the Prime Minister truly cared about protecting workers he must support Labor’s Bill in the Parliament, which will stop the cuts to penalty rates and protect the take-home pay of workers now and into the future.

Malcolm Turnbull is doing everything he can to give big business a $50 billion tax cut and doing nothing to stop a pay cut for 40, 246 Tasmanian workers.

There could not be a worse time to cut Tasmanian’s take home pay. 

There is still time for Turnbull and his Government to change their stance and join with Labor to support the take-home pay of Australian workers.

But that time is running out.

FRIDAY, 21 APRIL 2017 

MEDIA CONTACT: TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS 0429 820 344