Why, I ask myself, why would the Productivity Commission want to cut penalty rates from the lowest paid sector of the economy, Retail? Hot on the heels of a woman having to resign because she had expenses of over $811,000 for one year, the Prime Minister reportedly came in at $1.4 mil for the same period, but he is the Prime Minister.
Now the Productivity Commission is saying that little Jimmy working his weekends to bring some extra money into an otherwise low socio-economic home should lose his penalty rates even given the facts that his employer had a great year between June 2014 – June 2015 with coffee shops increasing their income by 4.9 per cent and Australia retailing giants Westfarmers and Woolworths who respectfully own Bunnings and Masters increasing their incomes by 10.4 per cent? Is the Commission saying that these places cannot survive when they have all increased their income over the previous year?
This is beginning to stink of a cunning plan hatched by some extremist right wing mantra and being inflicted upon people who are the lowest paid workers in Australia. It seems that this is just another plot by those who would be king to keep the workers down where they belong, shall we be required to address our bosses as Sir or Madam, next?