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Labor will even be campaigning in Eden-Monaro on penalty fee cuts and the Fair Work Commission’s decision to make staff within the hardest hit industries wait till 1 February for a pay rise.

Labor’s Tony Burke will cite a brand new evaluation from the Parliamentary Library that pharmacy staff could possibly be as much as $four,800 worse off a yr and retail staff as much as $four,300 worse off a yr in contrast on account of cuts that have been made by the FWC in February 2017.

The evaluation finds the price of delaying the $13 every week minimal wage rise till February is a minimum of $400 for these staff.

Earlier than the 2019 election Labor dedicated to reverse penalty fee cuts. It has not recommitted to that coverage (but) – however it’s written into Labor’s platform.

I’m unsure there may be any proposal to repair delayed minimal wage rises, which was accomplished as a result of sure industries (lodging, meals companies, arts, recreation, aviation, retail and tourism) will likely be struggling an enormous discount in commerce on account of Covid-19 and related restrictions.

Burke mentioned:


Scott Morrison is leaving these staff behind. These are lots of the similar individuals who stored working via the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic to make sure Australians might proceed to get the issues they wanted. They proved themselves to be important, frontline staff in a time of disaster – and that is how we thank them?

We all know it will harm girls and younger folks probably the most as a result of they dominate the retail sector. These cuts by no means made sense however they make even much less sense in a recession. This isn’t the time for cuts and austerity.”





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Anthony Albanese will likely be in Eden-Monaro with Labor’s candidate Kristy McBain immediately saying that Labor plans to reverse $83.7m of cuts to the ABC “to save lots of regional jobs, defend essential emergency broadcasting and help native information and content material”.

We knew Labor wasn’t a fan of the cuts – however a dedication that an “Albanese Labor authorities will” reverse them (if elected) provides stress to the federal government.

The Nationals candidate Trevor Hicks has additionally pledged to fight to reverse the cuts, so solely Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs is left holding the federal government line.

In a press release, Albanese and McBain mentioned:


ABC emergency protection saved lives through the summer time bushfires and workers got here off depart to make sure Australians have been stored knowledgeable. Now 250 devoted ABC workers face the sack because of Scott Morrison’s cuts …This Saturday the folks of Eden-Monaro have the possibility to ship the federal government a message: don’t minimize ABC jobs, regional information or emergency broadcasting.”

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