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Penalty pay is ok for politicians

Penalty pay is ok for politicians | #Auspol #Ausunions

Interesting point in the papers ‘letters’ section this morning.

“Prime Minister Tony Abbott is said to be under pressure from his backbench to address ‘‘job-killing’’ weekend and holiday penalty rates. It is not shown that these penalty rates do kill jobs, as distinct from killing greater profits, but even if they do, that is a preferable choice to killing the little that is left of our time with family.”

The even bigger irony with this so-called debate on penalty rates is that whenever politicians are questioned about their generous pay rises, the response is always: ‘‘Well, we have to work unsociable hours that take us away from our families.’’

The Libs think it’s ok for us to lose our weekends, as long as they get paid well for their long hours.

We must stop this Coalition Govt from attacking working class conditions. We must defend what we have. Then, and only then, can we talk about productivity.

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.

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