Chamber Fights to Abolish Weekend Penalty Rates

The NSW Business Chamber has announced that it is renewing the fight to change penalty rates, which CEO Stephen Cartwright says are “crippling employment in the hospitality industry”.

Leading an industry collaborative, the Chamber lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission to vary the Restaurant Industry Award 2010. This week, the Commission ruled against the application, which sought to overhaul the current weekend penalty rates system, and exclude small businesses from the wage rates contained in the Award.

“The only result this decision will shape is a reduction in employment opportunities in cafes and restaurants across the country,” says Cartwright.

“It is simply becoming too expensive to employ people on weekends if they are not the owner or family members.”

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