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End Excessive Penalty Rate campaign mobilizes across NSW


Release Date: 31/03/2015
Cafes, restaurants and retail outlets across NSW have joined an Easter campaign, led by the NSW Business Chamber to end excessive penalty rates.
 
“We know this Easter with its four back to back Public Holidays, will create enormous pressure on the owners of cafes, restaurants and shops across the Illawarra region, who want to remain open to serve their customers, but at the same time simply can’t afford to open their doors due to the excessive penalty rates for their staff.”
 
“The NSW Chamber’s message on posters being placed in shop windows across the state is “Tell Canberra something has to change” – and unless our political leaders are prepared to do something about these excessive penalty rates, cafes, restaurants and shops will remain closed and workers will miss out on wages. We are asking people to register their concern via www.toobigtoignore.org.au.
 
“The NSW Business Chamber, through its submissions to the Fair Work Commission does not want to see penalty rates abolished.  We believe that sensible penalty rates should be paid for certain weekend and Public Holiday times, however it’s ridiculous that penalty rates are now so excessive that businesses are forced to close to avoid making losses.
 
“Remember that when cafes and restaurants can’t afford to open, casual workers not only miss out on penalty rates, they aren’t paid a wage at all.
 
“The Illawarra youth unemployment is a staggering 17%. Retailers provide the bulk of entry level jobs for our young people and every day a shop doesn’t open a young person misses out on the skills and earning opportunity that a job provides,” Ms Murphy said.
 
 
Media Contact:         Julia Frith 0417 135 858



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