Penalty Rates to be Cut in South Australian Retail Sector


Paul Starick, Bernard Humphreys The Advertiser

March 23, 2015


WEEKEND penalty rates are set to be slashed in South Australia’s retail sector after a landmark agreement between the shop assistants’ union and Business SA.

In the first agreement of its kind, the deal will see the end of Saturday penalties and the halving of those paid on Sundays,

retail workers will be offered higher base rates of pay and improved conditions.

These include the right to refuse weekend work on Sundays and public holidays.

The move has been applauded by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which says it could jump start the struggling retail sector and stimulate jobs growth.

The ACCI hopes the decision will be replicated across the country.

“This template approach gives these smaller retailers a real ­opportunity to compete better with larger retailers, and also look at how they can grow their business and…

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