Penalty Rates

A Shorten Labor Government will restore weekend penalty rates for workers affected by the pay cuts which commenced on 1 July 2017.

As an opposition, Labor has fought on behalf of workers to stop these cuts from occurring. As a government, we will reverse these pay cuts – and make sure it can’t happen again.

Labor’s legislation will reverse the recent decision to cut penalty rates and also change the law to protect the overall take-home pay of working Australians as a result of future decisions.

When it comes to penalty rates, the difference between the Liberals and Labor couldn’t be more stark – the Liberals want to slash them, while Labor will do everything in its power to protect them for working Australians.