A new national ad campaign highlighting the impact of the Morrison Government’s penalty rate cuts will be launched today by United Voice, whose membership includes people in the hospitality, security, aged care and manufacturing sectors.
They campaign will run nationally across TV, radio, print and online, and asks “who’s next?” after people working in hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy suffered penalty rate cuts, and clubs workers narrowly escaped cuts.
The ads will ask who is next in line for penalty rate cuts after the Morrison Government’s refusal to legislate to ensure that the Fair Work Commission will not cut wages for working people again.
The penalty rate cuts have done lasting damage to millions of families who have had to absorb a significant pay cut during a time of historically low wage growth under this Government.
The ALP has committed to reversing the penalty rate cuts if they form government.
The campaign is being launched in the marginal electorate of Dickson, in northern Brisbane, where the Liberal Party’s Peter Dutton holds the seat by less than 2 per cent.
Quotes attributable to United Voice National Secretary Jo-anne Schofield:
“Scott Morrison and the Liberal-National Government have already cut penalty rates for hundreds of thousands of retail and hospitality workers.
“Now, Scott Morrison, his government and greedy business groups are looking at who is next. Everyone who gets paid extra for working evenings, nights, weekends or public holidays stands to lose. No one’s penalty rates are safe under a Morrison Coalition Government.
“Only Labor has committed to restoring and protecting penalty rates. Our ads will be reminding people that a vote for Labor is a vote for the millions of Australians who rely on penalty rates.
Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“The Morrison Government tells working people to wait for pay rises, but they have cut wages for millions of working people through their cuts to penalty rates. Working people are right to wonder who might be next.
“This is a crisis which the Morrison Government created. In order to change the rules and ensure that wage growth recovers we have to change the government.
“The ACTU supports United Voice in this campaign, it’s critical that voters understand the difference between the Morrison Government and a Shorten Labor government on penalty rates.