QCU calls for answers from LNP on penalty rates

THE Queensland Council of Unions is concerned over where the LNP stands on potentially cutting weekend and penalty rates for Australian workers.

Speaking at Brisbane's Southbank this morning in front of open restaurants and cafes, QCU president John Battams said thousands of Queenslanders had given up time with family and friends to work on the Australia Day Long Weekend.

He said many workers relied on penalty rates to help pay bills.

The Federal LNP Government has asked the Productivity Commission to review workplace laws, including penalty and weekend rates.

QCU has asked major parties whether they would support the status quo when submitting to the Productivity Commission's review but Mr Battams said they had not heard from the LNP.

"In the glare of a state election campaign is the very time that he needs to show he will stand up to protect the take home pay of more than 700,000 Queensland workers who work unsociable hours," Mr Battams said.

In a letter to the QCU, Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin said the Labor party would support the current penalty rates if elected.

The LNP has been contacted for comment.