Stop Abbott/Abetz attack on penalty rates

When you work unsociable hours and miss out on time with family and friends, you deserve to be compensated - that's why penalty rates exist. For many workers feeling the squeeze from the high cost of living, a cut to penalty rates and take home pay would make keeping their heads above water nearly impossible.

Tony Abbott is introducing new laws that will give employers the ability to strip away penalty rates under the smokescreen of "workplace flexibility." This will mean cuts to take home pay for hundreds of thousands of workers, particularly for low paid, older and women workers.

Australian families have benefited from the penalty rates protections. Stripping penalty rates will have a dramatic impact on our community and will harm our economy.

We need to send Tony Abbott and his government a strong message: don't mess with penalty rates. Please sign this petition and share it with your family and friends.