Controversy brews over call to axe penalty rates

A political back-and-forth has surfaced following comments made by a member of the opposition calling for an end to penalty rates for employees working on public holidays.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has reported that opposition small business spokesman Bruce Bilson is promoting the axing of penalty rates in order to relieve pressure on small business owners in the tourism industry.

Parliamentary secretary for workplace relations Jacinta Collins says that a large number of Australian families rely on the boost in wages that comes from special rates of pay.

Collins says: "Workers in all industries are entitled to be appropriately compensated when they are required to work outside normal working hours."

With many Australian families feeling the squeeze in the current economic climate, the thought of losing hundreds of dollars from the weekly pay packet is likely to cause widespread concern.

Household expenditure must cover a range of costs, from food to energy and housing.

Families currently feeling the pressure of electricity prices may wish to consult a switching service which will evaluate available options for cheaper energy suppliers.

Potential savings may prove invaluable in assisting with the general cost of living.

Posted by Charlie Moore