Our weekend penalty rates are under threat. Add your voice to the call for penalty rates for weekend workers to be protected
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Penalty rates are vital compensation for working unsociable hours, and they’re often the only thing helping workers make ends meet. A cut to penalty rates is a cut to take home pay that workers can’t afford and don’t deserve.
I don’t think that it’s fair that I give my weekend up every fortnight, and cannot get to spend time with my family, which I put up with because of the penalty rates. If you take these penalty rates away, I will have to find a second job to make ends meet, and ultimately spend less time with my family. I’m 50 years of age and my body would not handle working two jobs, so please do not take away our penalty rate
I am a single working mum, I work Sunday each week not because I want to work weekends but it’s the only day I get penalty rates to help us survive. Losing penalty rates to me means the difference between being able to survive financially. That $60 extra I earn goes a long way, it may not seem much to you but for me that is a huge difference. I am sure there are a lot of others out there in a similar situation to me so please do not cut penalty rates and cause more hardship to those already struggling to survive each week.