NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley today gave his firm backing to thousands of club workers in their fight against penalty rate cuts as final hearings by the industrial umpire into the issue get underway.

Mr Foley was joined by United Voice, the union that represents club workers, as well as the management of Gymea Tradies club, who say the cut will hit workers who are already doing it tough under Liberal governments.

Tradies is one of 150 clubs that have lodged submissions to the Fair Work Commission to support the estimated 42,000 hospitality workers who face the threat of a $100 cut a week in their take home pay if Clubs Australia’s bid to ditch penalty rates is successful.  

The final hearing in Fair Work over Saturday, Sunday and public holiday rates for hospitality workers resumes today.

Mr Foley has raised the issue of penalty rate cuts before, pressing the Berejiklian Liberal Government to rule out similar cuts to public sector workers in NSW.

In questions in the NSW Parliament not one Liberal minister would rule out stripping penalty rates from the pay of Corrective Services employees, National Park staff, Family and Community Services workers and State Transit bus drivers in the future.

Slashing penalty rates is an attack on workers who are already feeling the pressure from unfair tolls and skyrocketing energy bills. 

A New South Wales Labor government will legislate to protect Sunday penalty rates in State Awards and Agreements

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The Liberals will never understand that everyone has the right to a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work; for Labor it is a core belief. 

“Cutting the weekly pay packet by up to $100 will hit thousands of club workers who are already facing sluggish wage growth and a higher cost of living under the Liberals.

“I cannot and will not stand by and see an entire section of the community go backwards and struggle to make ends meet because of the Liberals’ ideological obsession with winding back workers’ rights.

“I commend Gymea Tradies and the 150 good clubs for taking a stance, and United Voice for going into bat for club workers - NSW Labor is right behind them.”