Standing up for Canberra

Labor pledges support for penalty rates

ACT Federal Labor representatives have signed a pledge to support penalty rates, and oppose moves to reduce or remove penalty rates for Australian workers.

Senator Kate Lundy, Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann, and Senate Candidate Chris Sant have committed to continue to stand up for workers’ rights regardless of what happens on 7 September. 

We know that the Coalition is under pressure from business groups to cut penalty rates and Tony Abbott has committed to reviewing them if he is elected on Saturday.

Mr Abbott has said that when it comes to workplace relations “there are all sorts of changes that we will be making.”

And we already know that Shadow Workplace Minister Eric Abetz has refused to guarantee the penalty rates for some of Australia’s lowest paid workers.

And the ACT Liberals won’t tell you where their big cuts will come from. 

There are 16,200 workers in the ACT who work in occupations that rely on penalty rates to make ends meet.

That’s 16,200 workers that could have their penalty rates and overtime cut by Mr Abbott.

If you have doubts about Mr Abbott and his plans for cuts, don’t vote for him.

If you don’t understand how Mr Abbott’s cuts will affect you – then don’t vote for him.