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The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates is expected to reduce the income of hundreds of thousands of Australians. But how do we calculate that? AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Full response from the McKell Institute regarding its report on penalty rate cuts

Q&A between the University of Melbourne's Joshua Healy and The McKell Institute's Edward Cavanough about methodologies for estimating the impact of the proposed Sunday penalty rate cuts.
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: where to from here on penalty rates?

The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.
ACTU president Ged Kearney called on Malcolm Turnbull ‘to stand up for workers in this country, to actually change the laws to protect people’s pay’. Alex Murray/AAP

Sunday penalty rates cut opens new fight between government and opposition

Hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers stand to lose thousands of dollars per year after the Fair Work Commission's landmark decision to cut penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays.
Protesters were back on the streets demanding penalty rates be left alone when the Coalition government asked the Productivity Commission to look at workplace relations last year. AAP/Angus Livingston

The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking

Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?
There are reasons why people get paid more to work out of hours beyond the working week being a social construct. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How reducing penalty rates will affect workers’ health

Penalty rates are often cast as a roadblock to business or employment but, research sees penalty rates as a deterrent against employing workers in ways that risk workers’ health.
Brendan O'Connor came under interrogation about Labor’s position on weekend penalty rates. Dean Lewins/AAP

Labor struggles with the sticky paper of penalty rates

Normally it is the Coalition that is on the defensive over industrial relations at election time, with Labor claiming workers’ rights are under threat from the conservatives. But currently Labor finds…
The Productivity Commission last year recommended that Sunday penalty rates should be brought in line with those applying to Saturday. Evan Schwarten/AAP

Penalty rate cut will hurt economy without helping business: Labor

The federal opposition says that reducing penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors would widen the gender pay gap across the economy and hit consumption.
The great majority of Sunday workers who would lose penalty rates under proposed IR reforms, are non-unionists. Flickr/Rae Allen

Workplace reforms would hit workers outside unions hardest

The Productivity Commission's proposed industrial relations reform goes after unions, but will generally affect the non-unionised workforce most.
The Howard-era WorkChoices redefined the terms around which the debate on workplace relations reform has been couched. AAP/Andrew Brownbill

Enterprise contracts echo ‘take it or leave it’ world of WorkChoices

Echoes of WorkChoices? The Coalition is keen to avoid any whiff of the failed policy, but some of the Productivity Commission's recommendations have a strong flavour of it.

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