The Fair Work Commission today decided to slash penalty rates for retail, fast food and hospitality workers.
The cuts mean many in the affected industries will lose 25 per cent to 50 per cent of their Sunday income.
The decision has angered the unions and means many young people who rely on Sunday penalty rates to make up the bulk of their income will struggle to make ends meet.
Saturday penalty rates were not changed.
The cuts come as Australia faces its lowest wage growth in years.
Many have taken to twitter to express their thoughts. – Matthew Buchanan
So wage growth lowest since GFC. Cost of living goes ever upwards. People who rely on #penaltyrates get stiffed. CEO pay goes up. Got it.
— Antfarmer (@antfarmer) February 23, 2017
— Samuel (@Sp00kD) February 23, 2017
— The AMWU (@theamwu) February 23, 2017
With a $37 billion deficit, $50 billion of new submarines and a mining downturn, it's important we crack down on… WAITERS?#penaltyrates
— John Johnsonson (@JohnJohnsonson) February 23, 2017
— George Simon (@george_simon) February 23, 2017
Top photo by Matthew Buchanan.