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Penalties controversy spurs gov’t investigation

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HC Online | 19 Feb 2014, 12:05 PM Agree 0
FWC to decide if penalties are still relevant.
  • Meg | 20 Feb 2014, 01:17 PM Agree 0
    I think it is important for families to be able to spend time together, and it is very hard if they don't get a weekend off together, and I think it would be dreadful if penalty rates were dropped and employers could expect workers to lose their weekends any time the employer felt like it, and employers would treat this like any other time. I see no harm in charging customers a little extra on some things at weekends, as they are benefiting from having somebody else give up their weekends or evenings when they could be with their families, to serve them, and I think many customers do appreciate this. It would also cause difficulties for some religious people. Arguments about the global economy, if followed slavishly, would probably have us locked in unsafe factories working 18 hours a day for a pittance like some clothing workers in Asia, and I certainly hope Australia never descends to that. I think we should concentrate on being the clever country, not slaves more downtrodden than the rest. We have many skills and insights that we could be using. Perhaps we can automate more of the weekend work, so almost nobody has to work at weekends.
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