United voice co-ordinator Damien Davie. Picture: John Gass/AAP
United voice co-ordinator Damien Davie. Picture: John Gass/AAP

Hospitality workers to rally at Federal MP’s office

HOSPITALITY workers from Brisbane's bayside are set to rally outside the office of a federal member of parliament on Saturday in protest of penalty rate cuts two years ago.

The workers and their union, United Voice, will mark the second anniversary of weekend penalty rate cuts with a high-visibility demonstration outside the office of Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta's (LNP) electorate office on Clara St, Wynnum tomorrow morning.

United Voice co-ordinator Damien Davie said Mr Vasta needed to explain to the people of Bonner why he voted in parliament to cut weekend rates eight times since February 2017.

"More than 3100 workers in the Bonner electorate are now up to $2000 worse off per annum for working an average Sunday shift," he said.

"We're here to tell Mr Vasta and the Morrison Government that the Bonner community will not accept cuts to weekend penalty rates, and it's time they were restored.

"People realise that slashing weekend rates hits workers with a pay cut they can't afford and don't deserve - especially when you consider the personal sacrifices they make to work weekends and public holidays.

"We think it's only fair that weekend workers should be adequately compensated for making those sacrifices."


Federal LNP MP for Bonner Ross Vasta. Picture: Supplied
Federal LNP MP for Bonner Ross Vasta. Picture: Supplied


Mr Vasta said the Coalition was not responsible for the rate cuts.

"Let's be clear - the independent umpire the Fair Work Commission, which was set up by the Labor Party in 2009, looked at the penalty rates applying across awards and decided to make amendments to some Sunday and public holiday penalty rates," he said.

"The award review process that resulted in these changes to penalty rates was set in train by the Labor Party.

"In contrast, the Government's economic plan is working. In January, more than 65,000 full time jobs were created across Australia. Only the Coalition has a plan to boost our economy and grow jobs."