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February 24, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

Today’s penalty rates ruling represents a sensible outcome and will have numerous benefits, according to the accommodation industry.

Speaking following the Fair Work Commission’s decision that for full-time and part-time hospitality workers, Sunday and public holiday penalty rates will be reduced, the Accommodation Association of Australia said both consumers and staff are set to be better off.

“The decision to reduce penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays for workers in the accommodation industry is a sensible one and goes part of the way to making Australia a more cost-effective destination for international visitors,” said the Chief Executive Officer of the Accommodation Association, Richard Munro.

“The ruling recognises the 24/7 nature of the accommodation industry and will ultimately result in more services being available for domestic and international visitors.

“More services being provided in accommodation businesses will result in more jobs being created in our industry.”

Mr Munro said the decision is a significant relief for operators of small accommodation businesses in regional and rural Australia, in particular.

“Small country motels may now consider re-opening their restaurants and other on-site services on Sundays and public holidays after previously being forced to close them due to the high cost of labour,” Mr Munro said.

“At a time when the economy is in transitioning away from the resources boom, creating more jobs in regional and rural Australia is of the utmost importance.”

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