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Amanda Gailiss says workers should be compensated in some form following the cut to penalty rates

The fall out continues following the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rates decision yesterday. 

Sunday rates will be reduced for full-time and part-time workers in the hospitality, retail and fast-food industries.

Tom Elliott thinks Sunday isn’t ‘any more special than Saturday’ so being paid more on one day doesn’t make sense. 

‘The penalty rate was there on a Sunday because you were working instead of going to church,’ Tom said.

‘Except no one goes to church anymore.’

The Youth Governor of Victoria, Amanda Gailiss says underemployment is a ‘huge issue for young people’ and this does not help. 

‘There would be a lot of people taking this pay cut, still looking for more hours and not getting it,’ Amanda told 3AW Drive.

‘The people in these industries are in the lower socio-economic groups of Australia.’

She says workers should be compensated in some way considering this is essentially a ‘pay cut’. 

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