WIDESPREAD CHANGES TO SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAY PENALTY RATES
The Fair Work Commission announced this morning that Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates paid to retail, hospitality and fast-food workers will be cut following a historic ruling by the Commission.
Commission President Iain Ross announced the Sunday rates would be reduced but not to the lesser Saturday rate sought by business.
  • Full-time and part-time hospitality workers will have their Sunday penalty rate cut from 175 per cent to 150 per cent.
  • Full-time and part-time retail workers will have their Sunday penalty rate cut from 200 to 150 per cent.
  • Full-time and part-time fast food workers will have their rate cut from 150 per cent to 125 per cent.
  • Public holiday rate in retail, hospitality, and fast food will be cut.
The cuts to Public Holiday rates will start from July but the commission will take further submissions on the timing of the Sunday rate cuts.
The full ruling is contained in a 551 page document which has just been released.
All media outlets are carrying this news story with more and more detail as the day progresses.
The ACWA IR consultant, Graham Lilleyman, will have an informative statement on this decision in the ACWA Autumn newsletter, including comment on how the decision might affect the hand wash car cleaner rates which apply to car wash services under the Vehicle Industry Awards.