A few months ago I was out shopping and over the radio I heard Colin Barnett say something about needing to get rid of penalty rates. I couldn’t help blurt out “you’ve got to be kidding me.”
I am 23 years old and I work in the hospitality industry. Penalty rates aren’t a luxury or a bonus, without them I wouldn’t be able to get by.
I live in Perth.
Having my penalty rates cut means losing $249 a fortnight. That’s a lot of money to lose, especially when things in Perth are outrageously expensive – a pint costs $9 to $12, depending on where you are.
I also hear business people sometimes saying that cutting rates means more people can get jobs. If rates are cut a lot of my mates at work would have no choice but to find other jobs. I would too.
Penalty rates aren’t just about helping me get by but recognises that we work late at night, on the weekend and odd hours. We can’t afford to lose penalty rates.