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New deal could change the way 40,000 Aussie workers are paid

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HC Online | 26 Mar 2015, 07:48 AM Agree 0
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry has struck up a deal with a South Australian union which, if successful, could begin to dismantle penalty rates in the retail industry.
  • Paul | 26 Mar 2015, 11:57 AM Agree 0
    "The agreement’s architects are hoping that the South Australian model will expand across Australia, easing a major cost burden for retailers who are struggling to compete with online shopping."

    If a cost burden is being eased this implies the increase to base rate will be minimum compared to the current penalty rates on offer therefore employees will be worse off. Also what are employers going to do when non of their employees want to work Sundays.

    Like always CCI never assess all variables and just take a narrow, one sided and head in the sand stance a say employers shouldn’t pay penalty rates. If they win the battle they just advertise the fact and who gets a little greedier - the landlords. If penalties stop the landlords will get wind that the retailers have made a saving and rents will just go up. So all that is going to happen is the money moves from the pockets of the dedicated employees prepared to work Sundays and who deserve it - into the hand of the greedy landlords who can never get enough.

    Who do you think is paying for Westfield’s CEO Frank Lowry $15,964,902 annual remuneration?

    CCI?

    Not Likely.
  • Sarah | 26 Mar 2015, 03:51 PM Agree 0
    And when the eradication of penalty rates moves even more people to online shopping who will they blame?

    People shop online because it is cheaper, but the reason for that is not price alone. I am happy to pay a small premium to purchase from retail store when I receive service at the same time. Reducing penalty rates will make it harder for stores to attract staff that care and are knowledgeable and so more customers will turn to the internet for information, and hey while they are there purchase the product.

    Stores that provide genuine service are still doing well - stores that have terrible service, like Myer for example, will continue to loose revenue to the online alternatives.

    Retail wages are already low, are we happy to be heading for a situation, as exists in places like America, where the people that work in the stores are unable to purchase from the same stores. Are we happy to move toward a society of working poor, people who have to work two or three jobs just to feed their families???
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