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Sunday penalty rates about face spells dooms for bricks & mortar retailers

December 2, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

Retailers recently won a hard fought and fairly argued victory in the Fair Work Commission with the successful reduction of Sunday penalty rates and now it has been pulled from under them by a razor edge win for its opponents in the Senate. http://www.granmonte.com/Backbencher Mr. George Christensen, from the National Party, crossed the floor in the Senate resulting in a 73 – 72 win in favour of overturning the Fair Work Commissions ruling on Sunday penalty rates.

Jos de Bruin from Master Grocers Australia said, “This is a massive setback for the retail industry. In less than eight months from when the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision and retailers made new plans for the future of their businesses, this hard fought victory is about to be snatched away from them. This has been done by those who have chosen to overturn a decision that was made by an organisation created by the Parliament to make fair decisions for the future productivity and prosperity of this country. This action is difficult to comprehend when a group of politicians cannot accept the decision of the fairly constituted court”.

Mr. de Bruin said, “There were those who gave support to the decision of the Fair Work Commission and said this was very good for the economy and it would increase productivity but now they have had a change of heart, they have unexpectedly turned and faced the other way. Such actions do not engender future support for any of their ideas or policies or respect for their principles. We are particularly disappointed and surprised that the Xenophon Party has supported the Amendment Bill and we have to ask why there has been such an about face?“.

“MGA urges the Lower House to respect the Fair Work Commission decision and not to support this Bill, as it will wreak havoc in the retail industry and destroy the survival of thousands of small to medium family and private businesses who need this small window of opportunity to survive.”

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