Are industry wide pay cuts a cause for fear?

You may have seen in our latest newsletter that the ANMF (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation) is standing in unison with hospitality and retail workers who may be receiving government mandated pay cuts by eliminating or reducing penalty rates.

In the article they claim that:

Federal secretary Lee Thomas said the ANMF is now concerned its members in aged care and some other health settings would be at risk of losing their penalty rates.

Thomas said: “Today its workers in hospitality, retail and fast food, but this has opened the door for attacks on workers in other sectors, including health.

That article was from late February, well here is evidence that some of the latest effects of that move announced by Malcolm Turnbull have inspired private business to make their own moves.

In this press release from the ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions), nurses working for Sonic Health Plus have seen their award slashed by 1/3 from  75% to 50%.

As quoted from the release:

In fresh EBA negotiations, Sonic Health Plus has this week proposed the nurses’ Sunday penalty rates are cut by at least a third. This is move seemingly inspired by the Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for 700,000 retail, hospitality and pharmacy workers.

ACTU president Ged Kearney had this to say about the decision, “This is a sign of the times; the Fair Work Commission decision to cut penalty rates has emboldened employers and no Australian worker is safe unless the Government steps in now.”

Everyone at Nursing Jobs will keep a close eye on how these cuts will continue