The current discussion about whether Sunday penalty rates should be cut is being complicated to avoid some uncomfortable truths. The question really is whether we should allow the lowest paid workers in Australia to be paid less?
I think it is incredibly disingenuous when a wealthy chef or business owner comes out to say that Sunday is an expensive day. We know that the prices across the week make up for it and you being able to charge lower prices is all down to competition. What’s more when you complain about your four restaurants being under pressure I lose any sympathy I may have had.
Now I’m not anti money, or success. In these cases I don’t feel that they should be shamed for being wealthy like many outlets try. Success should be celebrated but its ignorance that allows someone to be successful and forget the struggles they faced.
This is not just an argument to say we are paying too much for Sunday brunch. We are debating whether people who make less than most should be paid even less. I couldn’t in all good conscience say this, I am happy to pay a few dollars extra for my bacon and eggs.
Here are my Big 3 on: to cut to not to cut:
1. It is an Element of a Bygone Era.
The argument here is that the Sunday penalty is so large because it was a compensation for missing church. Ignoring the fact that religious people think you can compensate for your eternal soul, this is not untrue. There is more to it than just a simple no church extra pay.
Over the years Sunday penalty being high has been an argument for lower base rate. Look at your penalty rates, we can’t pay you a higher base. With this logic over the past decades pay discussions have always had this element. The full package included penalties as an attractive point.
This begs the questions, will the base rate go up? Businesses have gotten the worker addicted to penalties. It begs the question, are you prepared to come to a fair figure? It seems in these instances the worker is making the sacrifices. What are the businesses offering? If you argue more jobs and work, read point three. A hint bull honkey.
Also the people arguing that its part of a bygone era are suspiciously on the right of politics. Honestly what an hypocritical group of morons. You say that Sunday penalty rates should stop because it’s a part of a religious custom. That modern Australia does not reflect this.
Good work champ, so I guess you’ll stop governing by your religious ideals. If the argument for Sunday penalties is, its a bygone custom then you really need to change your views on a lot of things.
The next time one of you say I am voting based on religious concerns you should be fined and that money go to a worker loosing their Sunday penalties. The same-sex marriage advocates are waiting for your call.
When it comes to your selfishness, your religion fails you. In parliament religion is there strong when you need an excuse for your bigotry.
I am guessing people would give up their Sunday penalties if you took your religion completely out of parliament. Go on, take the penalty and I expect you to pass same-sex marriage.
And don’t worry about the higher cost of brunch on a Sunday, you’ll be in church.
2. It Helps Small Businesses.
This argument is the most valid. Running a small business must be an incredibly challenging endeavour. Small business ensure Australia keeps running and we should do what we can to help them. This is why we should look at flexible working arrangements for small businesses. Not the government’s version of a small business, real corner shop small businesses.
The people I know who work for small business owners are committed. It’s insulting to say that their livelihood is causing a failing business. How many people who work for small business do unpaid overtime to help out. Where it is necessary small business should be able to have conversations with their staff to see what is right.
That being said when the going is bad and they help you, don’t forget them when the going gets good. This argument would be void if we were to be fairer and more honest. To think about others and not just how a rule will harm ourselves.
The argument for small business is sound but not for big businesses and corporations. How can you make millions or billions in profit and ask the cleaner to empty his pockets. If the government is serious they would exclude big business and slap them on the back of the hand for trying to steal from the cookie jar.
Just like their tax cuts for businesses they are handing money to those who don’t need a helping hand. It is ridiculous to think that a big business should expect the minimum wage person to forgo their livelihood while execs get bonuses bigger than their yearly salary. How is that fair?
To do more for small business has my support, and I think the two issues should be separate. The conversation should be how do we help small business. Big business will do alright on their own.
3. It’ll be Passed Onto the People.
Whether your argument is that there will be jobs created, more hours given or the customer will benefit I say poppy cock (only cause its fun to say). My first thought was less PG rated. This is an absurd argument that gets tossed around whenever they talk about giving hand outs to big business.
Now I will concede this may be true of some small businesses but the absurdity that a corporate would pass it on is laughable. Read this article below if you believe that the worker will benefit: Company profits surge as wages fall
This is like the case for trickle down economics, give it to the rich and the poor will get a better deal. First it ignores the greed of people, second treats those with less money as incapable of handling their finances and lastly serious economist have discredited it.
When savings are made the money goes to profit. It doesn’t go into a separate account, it gets rolled up. A lot of back slapping happens, bonuses and dividends flow. If you believe that this will help the worker or end consumer give them the money, like a penalty or something of that sort.
I believe that small business will benefit greatly from a more flexible entitlements scheme. There will be some who will flaunt it but if done correctly help will go to the actual people needing it.
To allow Coles to cut wages is stupid. Who will buy their down down sales. Honestly who come up with that ad. Its horrendous, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Also all these companies saying no we have agreements so it won’t affect our staff. Wait till their agreements run out and the media spot light turns down. Then one by one they’ll reduce Sunday penalties. It’s great PR now but a year down the track no one will pay it much attention. And when most people lose Sunday penalty they will be less likely to help those that still have it. If you believe that companies will never take Sunday penalties I have a get rich quick scheme you should invest in.
Politicizing the issue is why people hate politics at the moment. At one time both parties were going to back the Fair Work decision, now Bill Shorten is against it. He could smell the political capital. He is a despicably incompetent person. I don’t like the Liberals but Bill Shorten can’t even eat a bloody sausage in bread, oh yer he’s of the working class. Politicians need to ask a regular person, hey buddy what do you think.
Lastly before I go, the hypocrisy of the right arguing that Sunday penalties aren’t relevant. In that case neither is your church so stop hiding behind it. I don’t like seeing two guys making out in public either. In fact I don’t like seeing two girls or a guy and a girl making out in public. It’s just gross, people look stupid making out, you can’t see it when you’re doing it.
Bigotry by any other name is religion, if you back this take off your cross next time you go into parliament.
Have a great day and check out some of my other blogs.
Might I suggest my short story series The Clearing, two stories out now and another this Sunday, if you’re reading this post Sunday then there’ll be more and read those too.
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