WANNON MP Dan Tehan’s call for a review of penalty pay rates on Sundays has resonated with one local business owner.
Hamilton’s Café 222 owner, Graeme ‘Woody’ Wood cancelled his Sunday opening hours last week after tallying up the costs of doing business.
“The decision was made because of wages after I did the sums and found I was losing money every time,” Mr Wood said.
“The penalty rate for Sundays is about 1.75 times the award and 2.5 on public holidays.
“It’s ridiculous and the local market won’t support placing surcharges on coffee for Sundays.”
Mr Tehan used an opinion piece in The Australian newspaper to call for a review to “ensure that a penalty rate is not a penalty on the worker, the business and the community.”
“The current penalty rate system does not reflect the world we live in,” Mr Tehan said.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.