Australia pays the penalty for workplace awards

The award system lumps an onerous burden on businesses, damages the economy and decreases job opportunities in retail and hospitality. It's an outdated IR relic that needs to be abolished.

The Fair Work Commission has begun taking submissions to its four-year review of the award system, the first review since the introduction of Labor’s ‘modern awards’ in January 2010.

The government has used the opportunity to suggest the commission ease or abolish penalty rates in awards. It is high time these restrictive and economically damaging conditions were removed from our labour market regime.

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