New figures show Lingiari will be hard hit by the out of touch Turnbull Government’s refusal to stop the Fair Work Commission’s cut to penalty rates.
More than 6 000 people, or one in 8 workers in Lingiari work in the retail, food and hospitality industries, which will all be affected by these cuts.
These workers stand to lose up to $77 per week, adding up to thousands of dollars per year.
Malcolm Turnbull and his Ministers campaigned for the Fair Work Commission to cut penalty rates.
Under the Turnbull Government, wages in Australia are growing by less than ever before, whilst the cost of living continues to rise unabated.
“This latest pay cut is even more bad news for Lingiari workers and their families, especially those with students who rely on weekend and peak season work to fund university studies including interstate travel and boarding,” Mr Snowdon said.
Retail is the 5th biggest industry in Lingiari, employing 3339 workers. Food and hospitality is the 7th biggest industry in Lingiari, employing 2614 workers.
“This cut is also bad for the Northern Territory economy, as these workers will now have less money to spend in local shops, restaurants and other businesses,” Mr Snowdon said.
Labor is determined to stop this damage being inflicted on local workers and the local economy.
Labor has brought forward a Private Member’s Bill to prevent the wages of workers relying on the award from being cut. Labor’s bill would stop the penalty rates cut from taking effect and ensure penalty rates cannot be cut in future if it results in a reduction in workers’ take-home pay.
Mr Turnbull and the Coalition have a chance to stand up for workers in the Lingiari and throughout the country by supporting this legislation. The question is whether or not they will have the courage to do so, or if they will vote it down and in doing so continue to do the bidding of their mates in the business lobby at the expense of workers.
“Turnbull’s Liberal-National Government is seriously out of touch, voting against protecting workers from a $77 per week pay cut, but voting for a $50 billion corporate tax cut for big business,” Mr Snowdon said.